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Six sons served in the military, returned home safely

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GOLDEN, ILLINOIS (AP) -- As the nation pauses to honor those who served in the military, a special Veterans Day salute could be given to the Flesner family of the Golden-Clayton, Illinois area.

Six sons of the late Herman and Emily Flesner of rural Clayton went on to serve in the military. All six returned home safely.

Five of them served in the Army: 83-year-old Virgil; 75-year-old Delbert; 69-year-old Dean; 67-year-old Roger; and 63-year-old Merlin.

All five now live in the Golden area. The sixth, 65-year-old Larry Flesner, served in the Air Force and now resides in the southern Illinois town of Carterville.

The six military brothers were among 10 Flesner children who grew up on a family farm.

All 10 siblings are still alive and in relatively good health.

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