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Veteran Celebrates a Life of Success

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One North Dakota veteran is celebrating a special birthday. Dr. Paul Purdy recently turned 80 years old.

Purdy beat the odds of post-war depression and went on to do a lot great things, like using his dental practice to help many people who couldn't afford dental care. While serving in Japan, Purdy worked in a dental clinic that treated General Genda, a former Japanese military commander who helped to plan and execute the attack on Pearl Harbor. Before joining the air force, he worked summers as a fireman right here in Minot, a place he's proud to be from.

”Work hard, take advantage,and study,” he says. “I went from welfare to captain in the Air Force and a doctor of Dental Surgery. Only in America can you do things like that.”

His three sons and grandchildren are all in town to celebrate and learn from him.


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