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Ken Beaton: Priceless memories of the Force family

Seventy years ago, July 1942, former loggers, trappers, and outdoorsmen volunteered from the Canadian and U.S. armies and reported to Fort William Henry Harrison in Helena, Mont., to train for a special operations mission in Norway. During the next nine months, the men of the First Special Service Force earned their paratrooper wings, used C-4 explosives, learned to cross-country ski, mountain fighting tactics and martial arts featuring a knee or a foot to their opponent's groin.With their Norway mission canceled, the force captured the Aleutian island, Kiska, the Germans' “Winter Line” in the Liri Valley of Italy, led the 5th …

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