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Yakima veteran finally gets his due

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YAKIMA — Back in February 1945, Yakima resident Muriel “Merle” Hicks spent three days hiding in a hole outside of the German city of Duren, while hundreds of German soldiers set up position in trenches around him.

The third night, American planes began bombing the city and Hicks decided to make a break for it. He put on his long raincoat, which looked similar to the German soldiers’ coats, and crawled out of his hiding spot as dusk descended and walked right past the enemy soldiers eating dinner.

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