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Maj. Merlyn Dethlefsen, his wife, Jorja, and the couple’s children, daughter, Julie, and son, Jeffrey, are greeted by Vance Air Force Base wing commander Col. William Conklin and base commander Col. Charles Christmas in February 1968 on the Vance flight line after their return from Washington, D.C., where Dethlefsen received the Medal of Honor from President Lyndon Johnson. A group of about 60 people greeted the Dethlefsens, including the Vance Honor Guard, instructors and students. (News & Eagle file photo)