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By Teresa Simpson
Whitman County Gazette 

Veterans Corner - Tom Barless


November 10, 2022

COLFAX - Local veteran Tom Barless, 85, of Colfax, lived in Duluth Minnesota when he was drafted into the Army in 1960.

"I served in the Army in Germany," Barless said, "I was in the mortar platoon as a communications man." During his time in the service Barless explained that he would run string wires from one place to the other when they were in the field, and climb poles to tie the wire up sometimes even in the middle of the night.

Barless said that when the mortars were firing, the observers would fall back and talk to them to tell them to make their corrections where they were shooti...

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