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Age 92, Donald Long enjoys driving back to Barnum from California each summer to visit high school friends and favorite places. Long attended a total of 12 schools from first through 12th grade, but said he feels very lucky that he got to spend all his high school years in Barnum. Jana Peterson/ jpeterson@pinejournal.com

Barnum alumnus recalls fiery start to World War II

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You've heard of baptism by fire?

Such was the beginning of World War II for Barnum graduate Donald Long.

A member of the Barnum High School Class of 1939, Long started in the Navy in March 1941 after a stint in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Tofte, Minn. By Dec. 7, he had been stationed at Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station -- across the island of Oahu from Pearl Harbor -- as part of the VP-12 squadron for a few months.

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