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      South Toledo WWII vet recounts battlefield experiences

      Barnett says his experience in the war shaped his life after the war.

      When Roy Barnett was drafted into the US military in 1942, his wish was to join the Navy. The Navy rejected him because of his poor eyesight, so he joined the Army. For the first two and half years of the war he worked at a plant, in Ypsilanti, Mich., that built the B-29 bomber. Then, in 1944, Barnett's company was sent to Europe. "I had a lot of experiences, some that I don't like to talk about," Mr. Barnett said. His experience in the war shaped his life after the war. "It made me think that I should be honest and have integrity toward my fellowman," Mr. Barnett said.

      Barnett went on an Honor Flight trip this past April and was impressed by the World War II memorial. His son accompanied him on the trip.