Bill Haas

[25 MAR 1931 - M1 - 20501 - 1 NOV 2018]

Bill Haas Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Bill Haas
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Dave McNerney and Laura Haas
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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McNerney's and Haas"
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Haas' and Ludwig's
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Haas' and Dan Ludwig
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Bill Peters - Phil Enslow - Bill Haas - Dick Hoeferkamp -
Larry Michalove [Buddy Roberts Funeral - JAN 2014]



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Bill Peters - Phil Enslow - Mary King - Bill Haas - Dick Hoeferkamp -
Larry Michalove [Buddy Roberts Funeral - JAN 2014]



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Dick and Ellie Hoeferkamp - Laura and Bill Haas
[Buddy Roberts Funeral - JAN 2014]



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Laura and Bill Haas
[Buddy Roberts Funeral - JAN 2014]



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Laura and Bill Haas - Larry and Sybil Michalove -
Buddy Roberts [Birmingham Mini Wheels - OCT 2013]



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Dick Secord - Lee McKinney - Dan Ludwig - Dick Wargowsky -
Bill Edwards - Bill Haas [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Secord's - McKinney's - Ludwig's - Wargowsky's -
Edwards' - Haas' [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Bill Haas
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Laura Haas - Buddy Roberts - Taylor King (Buddy's
grandson) - Jim Fiscus [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Pam Trobaugh and Laura Haas
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Dave Pemberton - Mike Stevenson - Bill Haas -
Bill Edwards [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Linda McKinney and Haas"
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Roy Dunaway - Howie Stone - Linda McKinney - Laura
Haas - Dan Dugan [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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McKinney's - Dugan's - Laura Haas
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Botanical Gardens Guide - Peter's - Malone's - Sybil Michalove -
Tommy West - Laura Haas [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Bill Haas
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Lynn's - Lee McKinney - Bill Haas
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Michalove's and Bill Haas
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Dick Baker - Bill Haas - Bill Peters
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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McKinney's - Secord's - Haas' - Edwards"
Wargowsky's [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Dick Secord - Bill Haas - Bill Edwards - Dick Wargowsky -
Lee McKinney [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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McKinney's - Haas' - Sandy Wargowsky
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Wargowsky's - Laura Haas - Gennie Woerner
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Dick Baker and Bill Haas
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Standing: Whittaker - Jeter - Pemberton - Dunaway - Enslow - Michalove - Johnson - Hadly - Sydenham - Seated: Haas - Secord - Prater - Roberts [Drummond Service - OCT 2012]



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Bill Haas
[Drummond Service - OCT 2012]



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Phil Enslow - Dick Secord - Bill Haas
[Drummond Service - OCT 2012]



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Charlie Johnson and Bill Haas
[Birminham AL - AUG 2011]



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Larry Michalove - Buddy Roberts - Bill Haas
[Birmingham FDD - APR 2011]



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Michalove's - Haas' - Buddy Roberts and Carolyn
Cumbie [Birmingham FDD - APR 2011]



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Standing: Joe Dado and daughter - Dick and Sandy Wargowsky - Dan and Donna Ludwig - Sitting: Ted and Starla Vitori - Bill and Laura Haas [M-1: 55th Reunion]



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Jim Johnson and Bill Haas
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bill Haas
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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M-1: Vitori's - Haas' - Wargowsky's - Ludwig's
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dan and Donna Ludwig - Bill and Laura Haas - Tom Auger -
Mike Stevenson - Elaine West [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Charlie Johnson - Rich Cardillo - Bill Haas - Bob Strati -
Jim Bergen - Pat Vitty [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Charlie Johnson - Rich Cardillo - Bill Haas - Bob Strati -
Jim Bergen - Pat Vitty [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bill Edwards - Bill Haas - Bertie Soper - John Soper -
Tom Auger [Bob Soper Funeral - MAY 2009]



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Jim Fiscus - Art Follett - Natalie Wilcox - Carl Bossert - Laura and Bill Haas - Larry and Sybil Michalove [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Roy Thorsen - Docent - Jim Fiscus - Art Follett - Natalie Wilcox - Chrys Follett - Carl Bossert - Laura and Bill Haas [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Jim Drummond - Bill and Laura Haas - Dianne Enslow - Tour Guide - Phil Enslow - Barb and Norm Blahu [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Laura and Bill Haas - Don Giza
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Peggy Herren - Billie Darrah - Buddy Roberts - Jerry
Denman - Laura Haas [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Laura Haas and Jerry Denman
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Laura and Bill Haas
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Haas' and Dick Wargowsky
[c2006]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Andrews - Trobaugh - Tebodo - C. Johnson -
T. Graham - Gunderson - Jeter - Auer - Doyle -
Drummond - Hadly - Haas [DEC 2004]



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Rear: Andrews - Trobaugh - Tebodo - C. Johnson - T. Graham - Gunderson - Jeter - Front: Auer - Doyle - Drummond - Hadly - Haas [Bulldog's Wedding - 4 DEC 2004]



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Haas - Turner - Bob Brown - Auger
[Missouri Runt Reunion - OCT 2001]



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Turner - Haas - Auger - Laura Haas - Denman
[Missouri Runt Reunion - OCT 2001]



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Turner - Denman - Soper - Stevenson - Haas - Bob Brown - Jellison -
Auger - Wargowsky [Missouri Runt Reunion - OCT 2001]



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Haas - Bob Johnson - Cathey -
Nordlie - Joe Franklin [2000]



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Bill Haas
[2000]



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Hoeferkamp's and Haas"
[1997]



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? - Bill Haas - Bob Soper
[SEP 1996]



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Bill Haas
[Bn Cmdr 1/8 Inf - OCT 1969]


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Cathy - Bridget - Bill and Jane Haas
[Philadelphia grad school - 1964]


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Cathy - Laura - Jane - Bill - and Nix Haas
[1962]


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Bill and Jane Haas and Bill's Parents
[Fort Benning - 1962]


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Laura and Bill Haas
[JUN 1955]



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Laura and Bill Haas
[Greenville IL - 26 JUN 1955]


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Laura and Bill Haas
[Greenville IL - 26 JUN 1955]


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Bill and Laura Haas
[JUN 1955]


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M-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Robertson - Moses - Bill Edwards - McKinney (CO) - Wargowsky - McGrevey - Denman - 2nd Row: Secord - Vitori - Haas - Tom Turner - Bob Brown - 3rd Row: Pruitt - Crandall - McJoynt - Dado - 4th Row: Hornbarger - Ikeda - Ludwig - Paul Martin - Soper



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Bill Haas
[M-1 Supply Sergeant - 1955]


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Laura and Bill Haas
[Plebe Christmas - 1951]


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2015 AOG Online Register
(Updated JUL 2019)

William E. Haas Cullum No: 20501 Class of: 1955 Born: IL Appointment: Branch: Inf Date of Death: November 1, 2018 (View Memorial Article) History: 20501 William Edward Haas B-IL: Inf: TIS 62 (S&F 59-61) [CM]: 1CavDiv 62-63: MA UPA 65: Dept English USMA 65-68: 4Div & BnCO 8 Inf RVN 68-70 [2SS-LM-2BSMv-BSM-PH-5AM-CM-CI]: HqVCps & BnCO 4Inf 3Div Eur 70-72: HqTRADOC 72-75 [LM]: Ret 75 LTC: Mgr Drug Store 79: GM OProducts Co 82: Pres ONetwork 91-Ret 96: D - McCalla, AL 1Nov18 a-87: Ob-2019 TAPS

Register Glossary


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How I got my appointment to West Point

I had read a great deal about West Point and Annapolis, and in my wildest dreams imagined myself being a cadet or midshipman. Yet, I figured that my dream was an impossible one. I was in college pursuing a degree in journalism. I came home from work one evening in May of 1950, and dad asked me if I would like to go to West Point. I laughed and said sure, and I'd like to be the first man on the moon, too. He said he was serious, that if I wanted to go the appointment was mine. Then I really laughed and said that it was surely the Democrat Congressman that wanted to give me the appointment (dad was the county Republican chairman). Dad said that the county Democratic chairman had been over that night and said that the congressman had two slots, that he (our county Democratic chairman) could select one boy from our county, and that I was his pick. In retrospect, that sure was good politics.

The congressman was a first termer and had not filled his vacancies in time for the normal exams. So my appointment was an 'emergency' appointment to join the Class of 1954, reporting in July of 1950. I had to take the exams at West Point. Dad drove me out. The candidates were housed at Stewart field. Four of us taking the emergency exams (Ed Trobaugh, Lee Halliday, Bob Blitch, and me) struck up a friendship.

At any rate, all I had to take was the PT, the physical, and the West Point aptitude test. My grades (all A's I n college) exempted me from the normal battery of tests-math, English, and history. Never in my life had I taken a test where I wasn't expected to answer all the questions. That aptitude test absolutely blew my mind. I knew that I could not get even half of it done in the hour allotted. Even so, I started with question one and got as many done as I could. I should, of course, have flown through it skipping every question whose answer I was unsure of or which would take a lot of time to figure out. When I came out, I told dad that I flunked the test, and indeed I had. I figured that was that and continued with my journalism plans.

In October of 1950, the congressman who had appointed me, came to town for a political speech. I listened to the speech then went up to say hello. He asked me if I still wanted to go to West Point. I said yes, but I assumed that my alternate had passed and gotten my slot. He said that he had not appointed an alternate and that the principal was mine if I wanted it. I accepted. I knew that I wasn't about to fail this time. I was informed that because of a previous bad showing that I would have to take all of the tests. I didn't have any trouble with them. As to the four who struck up a friendship at Stewart, only Halliday graduated with the Class of 1954. The other three graduated with the last of the great classes.

Bill Haas
27 July 2010


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Bill Haas Funeral

Bill Haas was buried with full military honors on November 6, 2018 at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama. His Memorial and Burial Services were both beautifully performed by Reverand Dick Hoeferkamp, West Point 1955 classmate and 'Ranger Buddy'. Reverand Hoeferkamp stressed the necessity for love, hope, comfort and peace in a persons life.

Doctor Edward Dwyer West Point '62 wrote an eloquent tribute/eulogy to Bill which was subsequently read by Alex Bimes, grandson of Bill. Doctor Dwyer was not able to attend due to illness. The Tribute focused on life lessons that Bill taught him while he was a 2nd Lieutenant in Bill's Infantry Company serving in Korea and throughout his military and civilian careers. They were lifelong friends.

In attendance representing the Class of 1955 were Dick Hoeferkamp and Larry Michalove. Other West Pointers in attendance were George Meighen '51, Robert Hunt '54, Chris Stone '64, Peyton Ligon '66, Ralph Chester '80, Paul Howell '85, Jay Patton '87, Butch Agsalud '88, Ryan Thomas '90, Rob Dotson '91, Matt Bacik '02, and Chris Tanner '06.

The funeral detail from the Alabama National Guard did a fine job with the firing of a gun salute and a bugler who played a touching rendition of Taps. The funeral and graveside ceremonies were attended by Bill's wife, Laura and the families of their three daughters, Jane, Cathy and Bridget. Many friends were also in attendance.

A beautiful wreath provided by the Class of 1955 was on display at both the funeral home for the Memorial Service and subsequently transported to the graveside. It was greatly appreciated by the entire Haas family.

A reception was later held for family and friends.

Sincerely
Larry Michalove '55


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William E. Haas 1955

Cullum No. 20501-1955 - November 1, 2018
Died in McCalla, AL
Interred in Alabama National Cemetery, Montevallo, AL


William Edward 'Bill' Haas was the eldest of three sons born to M. Lucile and Chester R. Haas. He grew up in Greenville, IL. In high school, he was editor of the school newspaper, captain of the golf team, active in student government, and voted by his classmates as 'most likely to succeed.' Bill was pursuing a degree in journalism when he was offered an appointment to West Point. On July 3, 1951, Bill entered West Point as a member of the Class of 1955. During First Class year he was the supply sergeant of his cadet company (M-1), vice president of administration for the Debate Council and Forum, and chairman of the national debate tournament. He graduated on June 7, 1955 and commissioned as a second lieutenant of Infantry.

On June 26, 1955, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Laura Mollet. Laura graduated from the University of Illinois in 1953 and accepted a teaching position in New Rochelle, NY, which enabled the couple to see each other frequently during Bill's last two years at West Point. Their union produced three daughters: Jane, born in Munich Germany (1959); Cathy, born at Fort Benning, GA (1962); and Bridget, born in Philadelphia, PA (1964).

Bill's Army career included several command assignments. As a captain he commanded First Ranger Company at Eglin Air Force Base, FL (1960) and D Troop, 7th Cavalry in Korea (1963). As a lieutenant colonel, Bill commanded the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry in Vietnam (1969) and the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry in Germany (1971). Significant staff positions (1968-69) in Vietnam included S-3 of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry and deputy G-3 of the 4th Infantry Division. In Germany (1971) he served as chief of war plans, V Corps. In preparation for serving as an associate professor of English at West Point (1965-68), Bill attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained a master's degree in English, completed the course requirements for a Ph.D., and passed the Ph.D. exam. Bill's final assignment was with the Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, VA, where he was the project manager in charge of securing accreditation and college credits by all accrediting agencies for the various Army schools and courses. Bill's awards included Paratrooper Wings, the Ranger Tab, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He retired as one of the most highly decorated combat veterans of his West Point class. His decorations included two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, three Bronze Stars for valor, the Purple Heart, five Air Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, nine various service medals, and two unit citations.

After retiring from the Army, Bill was employed as a teacher, retail manager, and construction company project manager prior to settling in the profession of office products, for which his innovative management skills were highly successful. Initially he purchased an office products company on the brink of bankruptcy. Within two years he transformed it into a financially successful business. His skills in financial management became known in the industry, and he lectured on the subject at several national conventions. Seeing the change that was coming to the industry with the advent of big box office products stores, Bill sold his business to accept the position of executive director of a fledgling buying group. Within two years, Bill expanded the membership from 32 to 187 dealers and made it one of the nation's four major buying groups, but Bill's board of directors disagreed with his vision. Bill resigned and started his own buying group. The industry experts declared Bill's venture 'dead on arrival' - a talented and innovative leader who had entered too late in the game. Within 18 months, Bill's buying group of 238 members in 36 states became the nation's fifth largest. In 1996, Bill sold the group to his three vice presidents and commenced retired life.

Retirement afforded Bill the opportunity to concentrate on a project about which he had felt passionately since 1964, developing appropriate, effective, personalized care for those with profound intellectual disabilities. Bill and Laura's third daughter, Bridget, had been born with cerebral palsy. Bill and Laura cared for Bridget at home until she was 14, when her condition dictated professional residential care. With heavy hearts, Bill and Laura placed Bridget in an Illinois institution. Bill became active in the parents group and was elected president, a position he held for nine years. When employment necessitated that the family move to Alabama in 1990, Bridget was placed in an Alabama institution. Bill became the president of that parents group too, a position that he held for 15 years. As the president of both parents groups, Bill was instrumental in securing improvements in institutional care and in preventing closure of the institutions.

In 2005, despite all his work to retain institutional care as an option, Bill realized that closure of all institutions in the near future was inevitable. He requested and was granted microboard status for Bridget (a microboard is a fully funded one-person community home that is managed by the parents or legal guardian of the person receiving services), pioneering and creating a highly successful microboard home for Bridget. That accomplished, he commenced lobbying for Alabama's recognition and promotion of the microboard option.

In 2008, Bill was diagnosed with ischemic heart disease and, in 2013, with Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia, a rare blood cancer. The heart disease and Waldenstrom's were a direct result of Bill's exposure to Agent Orange during his 18 months in Vietnam's Central Highlands. Ultimately the combination of the diseases, coupled with their side effects, overcame Bill's resistance.

TAPS Memorial Article


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