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Emerson Tolle: From humble roots, a life of distinction

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Decorated World War II pilot Emerson Tolle of Wenatchee is one fascinating individual.

The former J.C. Penney executive won the Distinguished Flying Cross while serving as a B-17 squadron leader in Europe during World War II. In that role, he served as the lead pilot for bombing groups for 49 of his 51 missions.

We sat down at his dining room table to chat about his experiences in the war and how he helped transform merchandising for the J.C. Penney…

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