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Pictured are WWII items belonging to Dr. Daniel McIlvoy that are on display at the La Gleize museum in Belgium.
Springfield native left mark on WWII

Growing up, Daniel McIlvoy struggled in school. He failed the fourth grade in his first go-around, and by the time he was in high school, he knew he’d had enough and dropped out.

Only 17 at the time, he had to lie about his age in order to join the National Guard, which at the time was a cavalry unit. His unit was subsequently sent to Harlan County — then referred to as “Bloody Harlan” because of violent coal mine strikes in the early 1930s.

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