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For Willmar man, his war heroics aren't forgotten by faraway land


WILLMAR -- Lyle Sande of Willmar said he was surprised when a UPS driver delivered a letter-size package to his door last month.

The package contained an invitation from the government of the Netherlands.

Sande and six other U.S. Army veterans in Minnesota were to be honored for helping liberate part of central Holland 65 years ago in a dangerous mission that involved more than 20,000 paratroopers.

Sande recalls the fighting was a tremendous battle.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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