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"It just goes to show you it’s never too late.”

Cindy Mohr grew up hearing stories of her grandfather serving in the military as a cook for his unit in the Spanish-American War. Her grandfather was Aberdeen businessman Thomas Jefferson “T.J.” Henegar, who founded Aberdeen Sand and Gravel Co. He ran the company starting in the early 1900s and was known to some as Sandy, a nickname he acquired because of his work. The Spanish-American War was an 1898 conflict during which the U.S. backed revolts in Spanish-ruled Cuba. That was after tensions grew between the U.S. and Spain concerning Cuba. The war lasted about eight months. Henegar was 93 at the time of his death in October 1973. But he didn’t receive any military honors at his funeral because no record of his service could be found. Those records, Mohr said, were destroyed in a fire. The fire was in July 1973 at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Mo. Acc...

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