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Staff Photo: Erin Evans. Left, Ralph Dunlap shows off a scrapbook of his service in the Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Dunlap enlisted when he turned 18 and serve in Marine Recon throughout the war. He swam or landed on many enemy-held islands and atolls to scout out Japanese defensive positions and potential landing areas for invading forces. Right, Dunlap in an undated photo when he served during the war.

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CONYERS -- Pennsylvanian Ralph Dunlap wanted to enlist after graduating from high school in 1943, but at 17 years old he needed his parents' permission. Their reply was a resounding, "No!"


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