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Alexandria native and World War II veteran Wayne Saxton, who turns 96 on Tuesday, sits with his medals last week during an interview at Golden Living Center nursing home in Salem. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)

World War II veteran prevents story from being lost to history

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SALEM — Ask Wayne Saxton about his favorite medal, and the answer might be surprising.

No, it's not his Purple Heart.

And it's not the medal that lauds his marksmanship with a rifle, a bayonet and machine gun.

It's the Army's Good Conduct medal.

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