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Local Vets Showcased as Hometown Heroes

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Paul Loeffler travels the country for his job. He's a play-by-play announcer for a sports radio station out of Fresno, California. And he was in town last week for the Fresno State -Nevada baseball game. And you know how he spent his down time? Running down World War II Veterans.

"I really feel that in every town there are Hometown Heroes," he says. "They are the World War II veterans who live in every town. I mean if they hadn't sacrificed and done what they did, none of us would be here today. So I interview them wherever I go and put together a weekly hour-long radio show for KMJ in addition to my regular day job."

He's been all across the country collecting stories.

"I interviewed a Doolittle Raider in Missoula, Montana," he says. "And I've interviewed vets in Louisiana and Idaho and New Mexico. Everywhere I can, I collect their stories."

He interviewed a couple of local World War II vets this past week and plans to use their interviews in the weeks ahead. His show is called Hometown Heroes and currently airs on KMJ in Fresno. But he hopes some day to syndicate it so all of the vets he interviews will hear their own stories in their own hometowns.

Written by Erin Breen 

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