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OPINION: The bond from war never dies
Eight of the remaining members of the 63rd Infantry Division, which fought through France and Germany in World War II, at a recent reunion in Ohio. Maj. Gen. Michael Schweiger, commander 63rd Regional Support Command also attended.
September 24th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: The bond from war never dies

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene shares the story of the fading reunions and strong bonds that belong to the men of World War II's 63rd Infantry Division.

[:41] " These were the men of World War II's 63rd Infantry Division– the division whose motto was 'Blood and Fire.' Fifteen-thousand soldiers in that division had crossed the ocean to Europe, and then had fought their way through France and Germany.  Some 1,200 were killed in combat; thousands more were injured, some grievously."

[2:17] "'We have something in common,' said Dr. Jack Linscott, 86, of Marysville, Ohio.  'We counted on each other then, and we still do.' The men understand that in the end, as at the beginning, they have each other."

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