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Shown left and middle are officers at Fort Lewis, Wash., including Cpt. Peter Muto on right. Behind them is a Howitzer 105, one of the weapons for which many of the men trained.

Soldiers reunite 50 years after close, literal call with Cold War

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The letter, dated "9 October, 1961" and on file in the River Falls Armory history book, gives the gist in its subject line: Order to Active Duty for up to 12 months.

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Locals Charles "Chuck" Meyer and James "Jim" Killian are among the 112 men of the HQ Battery, 1/121 Artillery, 32nd Division, who came from River Falls and its surrounding area to answer the duty call and ship to Fort Lewis, Wash. 50 years ago.

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