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By Ben Muir 

Local 91-year-old Navy veteran recreates the ship he served on


November 16, 2017

Ben Muir / Petersburg Pilot

Janna Machalek, left, and Ray Olsen look at the miniature USS South Dakota on Friday.

Ray Olsen, 91, sat at a Veterans Day assembly in Petersburg on Friday in a wheelchair, with his hands folded on his lap. In a blue parka and sporting a trim white beard, he watched as students praise his service, and he stood for the honorary moment of silence.

Olsen, who was a first class petty officer in the Navy from 1944 to 1945, watched middle schoolers read their definition of a veteran; he sat when high schoolers recited the Gettysburg Address; and he listened to the band play the "Armed Forces Medley," which he thinks is "always interesting to see."

Olsen and his wife, Gladys, liv...

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