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96-year-old WWII veteran is running coast-to-coast again. This time to raise money to sail a restored ship

USATODAY.com Thursday, 23 April 2020
Ernie Andrus has a dream of sailing a restored WWII military landing ship back to Normandy. So he's running coast to coast to raise money.
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