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Our Military: Four from 'Greatest Generation' share experiences with Niskayuna students

World War II veterans, from left, John Moehle, Bill Rochelle, George Williams and Dick Gibbons recite the Pledge of Allegiance with Iroquois Middle School students in Niskayuna.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
World War II veterans, from left, John Moehle, Bill Rochelle, George Williams and Dick Gibbons recite the Pledge of Allegiance with Iroquois Middle School students in Niskayuna.
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World War II veteran John Moehle recalled being on a ship bound for Japan in 1945 — the first wave of an invasion. His command officers said the prospects were bleak after they hit the shore. “They already came out and told us our life expectancy was just 3 1/2 minutes,” said Moehle, 87, of Scotia. Then, there was an announcement over the ship’s loudspeaker: “This is the captain speaking. We just received word that ...

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