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Helen Bye, 81, holds her son, Marine Lance Cpl. Robert "Skip" Bye's dog tags. Robert was killed in Vietnam in 1969 and this Memorial Day marks the 40th time Helen Bye has gathered with family at her youngest son's grave in Crookston. Herald photo by John Stennes.

For 40 years, they've remembered Skip Bye

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She slips her son's military dog tags around her neck every day. Every night, a leather pouch containing letters he wrote home from Vietnam lies within reach on a nightstand by her bed.


Every Memorial Day, she leads four generations to the grave of her first-born, Marine Lance Cpl. Robert "Skip" Bye, in Crookston's Oakdale Cemetery.

Monday will be their 40th reunion there.

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