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John Woodman of Willmar was recently diagnosed with an illness linked to the harmful chemicals that were in the water supply at Camp Lejeune while he served with the U.S. Marine Corps. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Willmar, Minn., vet, who avoided Vietnam, has terminal illness linked to water at Camp Lejeune


WILLMAR -- John Woodman thought himself lucky.

Serving with the U.S. Marine Corps and stationed from 1972 through 1976 at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., he was ordered three times to Vietnam, only to have the orders rescinded each time.

On one occasion he made it as far as the Marine base at Twentynine Palms in southern California before being sent back to Camp Lejeune; on another, his plane was literally turned around in mid-flight.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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