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At 102, a WWII veteran died on his way to Normandy to commemorate D-Day

Nearly 80 years after Bob Persichitti watched the flag raised atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima, the 102-year-old Navy veteran was headed to Normandy to commemorate another major World War II assault.

But Persichitti suffered a medical emergency just days before the D-Day ceremony in France, was flown from a ship by helicopter and died at a military hospital in Germany, Honor Flight Rochester President and CEO Richard Stewart told The Washington Post.

"Bob was one that really did it right," Stewart said.


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