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Ranks of WWII heroes are diminishing

Nearly 1 million troops from Bay State served in WWII; only 35,000 remain

WALPOLE — Robert Ware Foster lifts his left leg and, with his cane, taps the sole of his double-buckle brown leather boot.

It is worn, but still in good shape. Not bad for a pair of 70-year-old combat boots that trekked through the Tunisian desert in North Africa, endured freezing temperatures in Colmar, France, and survived parts of Italy, Germany, and Austria for three years during World War II.

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