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om Smedley as a young sailor, fresh out of boot camp, in 1945.The photo was taken near San Francisco.

    Tom Smedley, who will turn 90 in September, grew up in a small Ohio River town in Pennsylvania, a short distance down the river from Pittsburgh. It was a steel mill town and his father, a World War I veteran, urged him to get out of the area as soon as he could.

    “When you grow up,” the elder Smedley urged his son, “get out of this area and find a clean place to live.”

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