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US Sen. Coleman presents medals in ceremony Monday at Akeley VFW

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Kathleen Swanson wept for the father she never knew. He died the day she was born.

Ethel Johnson wept for a marriage cut short by war, wondering how a widow would care for her newborn daughter.

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) comforted both women Monday as he awarded them posthumous medals commemorating Corp. Edward Newsom's service to his country, and his ultimate sacrifice in the South Pacific during World War II.

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