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Nearly a century ago, mustard gas cut short the life of a North Dakota farm boy

Published 09/10/2013, Grand Forks Herald

As the nation debates how to respond to the deadly use of chemical weapons in Syria, Larry Aasen finds himself thinking about one of the last Americans who died as a result of a chemical weapons attack: his uncle Oliver Brenden, a farm boy from near Hillsboro, N.D., stricken by mustard gas nearly a century ago in the waning days of World War I.

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