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FR Canteen Pays Tribute to A Patriot on his Passing/In Memoriam T/4 Harvey E. Rookus(Old China Hand)
Serving the Best Troops and Veterans in the World! | 27 March 2013 | The Canteen Crew

Posted on 03/27/2013 5:59:37 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa



IN MEMORIAM
T/4 HARVEY E. ROOKUS, USA



T/4 Harvey E. Rookus, USA,
Hq. China Combat Command, WWII, died 18Mar2013





I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)

"Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar. As the Will of God is in Heaven, even so let it be." (1 Maccabees 3:58–60)

God Of Our Fathers



Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in peace!
We who remain hold you in high honor.
Rest, fallen brother, in this sacred precinct;
We who remain keep this place sacred.
Rest, fallen brother, among these, your comrades;
We who remain keep the watch.
Rest, fallen brother, among these who answered the Nation’s call;
We who remain press the fight forward in your name.
Rest, fallen brother, lay down thy burden;
We who remain have taken up the torch.
Rest in Peace, fallen brother, rest in eternal peace!



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A Hero of our Greatest Generation has passed!



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1 posted on 03/27/2013 5:59:37 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa
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To: ConorMacNessa
Good morning Troops, Veterans and Canteeners.

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Our Flag Flying Proudly One Nation Under God

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Lord, Please Bless Our Troops, They're fighting for our Freedom.

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God Bless Our Republic

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands;
one nation UNDER GOD,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

Prayers going up


2 posted on 03/27/2013 6:00:17 PM PDT by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Freep mail me to be on or off the Daily Bread ping list


“And It Was Night”

March 28, 2013

During a business trip to Philadelphia, I attended an evening service on the Thursday before Easter—a service of Communion and Tenebrae (darkness) held in a small chapel lit by candles. Following the bread and the cup, a passage was read aloud from the gospel of John, one candle was extinguished, and we sang a verse from a hymn about Jesus’ journey to the cross. This was repeated 14 times until the chapel was completely dark. In silence we knelt in prayer and then left one by one without speaking.

The darkness of this type of service can remind us of the dark elements surrounding Jesus’ death. Think of His last meal with the disciples (John 13:21-30) as He explained that one of them would betray Him. Only Jesus knew it was Judas. “Having received the piece of bread, [Judas] then went out immediately. And it was night” (v.30).

On the darkest evening of Jesus’ life, He agonized in prayer in the Garden, faced a wrongful arrest, endured humiliation at the hands of religious leaders, and winced at Peter’s denials. Yet He moved faithfully toward the cross where He would die for our sins.

Jesus endured darkness and death to give us light and life. Praise Him for what He went through for us!

See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown? —Watts
Calvary reveals the vileness of our sin and the vastness of God’s love.

Read: John 13:21-30

Having received the piece of bread, [Judas] then went out immediately. And it was night. —John 13:30
Bible in a Year:
Judges 4-6; Luke 4:31-44


3 posted on 03/27/2013 6:00:32 PM PDT by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...
Eagles Up!



Where are the survivors of the massacre at Benghazi? The silence of the Obama Regime on this question is deafening!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

4 posted on 03/27/2013 6:01:22 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa; The Mayor; BIGLOOK; SandRat; HiJinx

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


5 posted on 03/27/2013 6:05:59 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: ConorMacNessa; Old China Hand; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; ...

~ A Patriot's Passing ~

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6 posted on 03/27/2013 6:11:35 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: ConorMacNessa

Thank you so much, Mac...*HUGS*...I will share the thread with my Mom. We are doing well, remembering and sharing.

I found a diary of his time in the Army in his stuff and will post some of his stories.

Thanks again.


7 posted on 03/27/2013 6:16:24 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: HopeandGlory
Thanks, Nana Hope, for today's Pledge…((HUGS)) Thanks, AfghanMan and Penguin Girl, for your service to America.


8 posted on 03/27/2013 6:17:24 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Served 3and one half years in the ROK.


9 posted on 03/27/2013 6:17:45 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

“When We Were Young” - It’s great to see pictures of our fighting men and women from WW2 -


10 posted on 03/27/2013 6:18:35 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thank You For posting this great Story of A hero of the Greatest Generation.

((((HUGS))))

To All.


11 posted on 03/27/2013 6:20:27 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Evening Angel Ma!

Big hugs and smooches!!!

xoxoxoxxoxoxoxo,
Meeky


12 posted on 03/27/2013 6:22:06 PM PDT by MeekMom (He is risen, no longer in the grave. Death could not hold Him. Behold Christ the risen Lord!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Outstanding thread of an outstanding patriot and a real man!

God bless him throughout all eternity!


13 posted on 03/27/2013 6:23:36 PM PDT by MeekMom (He is risen, no longer in the grave. Death could not hold Him. Behold Christ the risen Lord!)
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To: ConorMacNessa; Kathy in Alaska; Old China Hand
Conor,

Very well done.

A salute to you for putting it together.

Mr. Rookus,

You done good.

I thank you for busting your butt for my freedom. May you rest in peace and your family be comforted.

14 posted on 03/27/2013 6:24:50 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: SandRat

This is my Dad. He served in China-Burma-India.


15 posted on 03/27/2013 6:25:37 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: left that other site; SkyDancer; MeekMom

This is my Dad...he passed away last Monday.


16 posted on 03/27/2013 6:26:54 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: HopeandGlory
And in first....Nana Hope grabs the gold!!


17 posted on 03/27/2013 6:29:14 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

So nice,((((Hugs)))) Kathy.


18 posted on 03/27/2013 6:31:34 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
oh Dear child...may Peace and Comfort be with you always.. It is so difficult to lose a dad, I lost mine 40 years ago and he is in my daily memories..may you always remember yours as well.. we were our dads gifts...they are our memories now..God Bless U♥ Carole PA.
19 posted on 03/27/2013 6:34:24 PM PDT by haircutter (,,,)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...








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Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

20 posted on 03/27/2013 6:35:00 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

yes! what a hero! God love him!


21 posted on 03/27/2013 6:35:03 PM PDT by MeekMom (He is risen, no longer in the grave. Death could not hold Him. Behold Christ the risen Lord!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

I thought so....May the LORD Bless you and your Family, and may you Feel His Presence to comfort you.

I am so sorry for your loss.

((((HUGS))))


22 posted on 03/27/2013 6:35:39 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: ConorMacNessa; SandRat; mylife; Jet Jaguar; BIGLOOK; left that other site; MeekMom; ...
I found his "diary" of his time in service during WWII...

His Basic started at For Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Many funny things took place during those Basic Days. We wore rubber overshoes over our combat boots most of the time. On one of the early days, as our Platoon leader was inspecting the troops, he looked at the feet of the soldier on my right, then stepped in front of me, then back to the soldier on my right. The young kid from Monterey, California, had the overshoes on the wrong feet making the angle of the feet look rather peculiar. We went on about a 15-mile march one day and the normal plan was to take a ten-minute break every hour. At our first break this same kid complained about his feet hurting. The sergeant had him take off his boots. It turned out that he was only wearing the overshoes with no boots. He had blisters on both top and bottom of his feet. He did get a ride back to the barracks however.

23 posted on 03/27/2013 6:37:06 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

re; 23 ...a real man, someone my son can look up to. A class act for sure!


24 posted on 03/27/2013 6:41:37 PM PDT by MeekMom (He is risen, no longer in the grave. Death could not hold Him. Behold Christ the risen Lord!)
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To: haircutter

Welcome to the Canteen, haircutter....thank you so much.

He would have been 90 in May. He had a good, long life.


25 posted on 03/27/2013 6:43:30 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: The Mayor

Good evening, Mayor, and thanks for today’s sustenance for body and soul.


26 posted on 03/27/2013 6:45:28 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: The Mayor
And a close second....The Mayor snags the silver!!


27 posted on 03/27/2013 6:46:58 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

We need many more heroes in this nation like your Dad Ma!


28 posted on 03/27/2013 6:47:08 PM PDT by MeekMom (He is risen, no longer in the grave. Death could not hold Him. Behold Christ the risen Lord!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; All
Must bring son David Mac Nessa home from work - will return anon!



Where are the survivors of the massacre at Benghazi? The silence of the Obama Regime on this question is deafening!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

29 posted on 03/27/2013 6:49:59 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Three trying & tough locations.


30 posted on 03/27/2013 6:50:29 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Bump


31 posted on 03/27/2013 6:51:18 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: left that other site; ConorMacNessa; SandRat; BIGLOOK; mylife; Jet Jaguar; MeekMom; ...
I was with him when he went Home. I didn't take his wedding ring until then...my Mom wears it now. They "talk" all the time, and my Mom is doing well. They would have been married 70 years in August. And add their high school years....long time.

I left Camp Claiborne, Louisiana on about the 27th of August 1943, by train, on a 14 day Furlough without travel time to get married. (He wasn't yet 21 so his Mom had to sign for him.) After a great Wedding, a Wonderful, but short honeymoon at Big Bear Lake, California, I left her living with her folks in Long Beach, California and returned to Camp Claiborne until approximately the 26th or 27th of December 1943. About 300 of us were shipped, via train, to Camp Shenango, PA, an Overseas Replacement Center.

32 posted on 03/27/2013 7:00:30 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: ConorMacNessa

I’m off for home and will be back shortly.

Safe journey.


33 posted on 03/27/2013 7:02:11 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: ConorMacNessa

Condolences to family and friends of Harvey E. Rookus...America’s finest.

R.I.P. sir.

love


34 posted on 03/27/2013 7:02:28 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Wonderful...Keep those letters and excerpts coming.

I will read them all tomorrow morning, as I have a nasty sinus headache, and must go to bed now. But It am looking forward to a wonderful read in the morning!

Love
You, Dear FRiend.
((((HUGS))))


35 posted on 03/27/2013 7:04:03 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

very handsome couple! See where Ma gets her cuteness gene from! :)))


36 posted on 03/27/2013 7:05:41 PM PDT by MeekMom (He is risen, no longer in the grave. Death could not hold Him. Behold Christ the risen Lord!)
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To: ConorMacNessa; Kathy in Alaska; Old China Hand

Thanks Conor for posting this tribute to Old China Hand.


37 posted on 03/27/2013 7:38:20 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; ConorMacNessa
Aloha Night Owl! ((HUGS))

Took a bit to figure out this was Old China Hand but I'm so glad Doc put together an excellent tribute to him to say thank you and that we'll remember you.
38 posted on 03/27/2013 7:40:13 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul the usual suspects!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

70 years is a long time.
As you know, my Step Grandad also served in the CBI.
I wonder if they knew each other or paths crossed.


39 posted on 03/27/2013 7:47:18 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
Good evening, my....who knows. I'll post more stories. Maybe a name will ring a bell.


40 posted on 03/27/2013 7:59:20 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
The Ledo Road, Time Magazine
41 posted on 03/27/2013 8:01:41 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

42 posted on 03/27/2013 8:04:40 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ConorMacNessa; Kathy in Alaska

'Ten-HUT!!
Goodbye hero,
son, father, husband, brother.....
Rest with the angels

43 posted on 03/27/2013 8:07:36 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: BIGLOOK; ConorMacNessa

Mac did a wonderful job...I so appreciate the time and effort he put into it.

I’ll put it up on my Mom’s computer a little later. She can read it tomorrow.


44 posted on 03/27/2013 8:14:51 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
What a stunningly beautiful couple, Kathy!

"Happy, Happy, Happy pair!
None but the Brave,
None but the Brave,
None but the Brave deserve the Fair!"



Where are the survivors of the massacre at Benghazi? The silence of the Obama Regime on this question is deafening!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

45 posted on 03/27/2013 8:19:10 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: SandRat
And rounding out the top three....Sand bags the bronze!!


46 posted on 03/27/2013 8:19:35 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: ConorMacNessa; GodBlessUSA; Mrs.Nooseman; Kathy in Alaska; AZamericonnie; HiJinx; Colonel_Flagg; ...

There Is A Beautiful
Full Moon Out There Tonight!



Suzanne Ciani~Full Moon Sonata

Barry Manilow~Moonlight Serenade.wma

Paul Hardcastle~Midnight Moon

Mannheim Steamroller~Midnight On A Full Moon

Michael Buble~Moondance.wma

Frank Sinatra~Fly Me To The Moon

GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!

47 posted on 03/27/2013 8:20:21 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: LUV W
The Burma Road


48 posted on 03/27/2013 8:21:13 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: LUV W

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49 posted on 03/27/2013 8:21:32 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: LUV W

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50 posted on 03/27/2013 8:22:09 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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