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My Army experience was life-altering

Originally Published: November 11, 2009
By Gino Marchetti (as told to Maria Burns Ortiz) | Special to Page 2

Editor's note: Every day this week, in honor of Veterans Day, Page 2 will feature a story by or about a prominent athlete who also served in the United States armed forces.

Gino Marchetti played 14 seasons in the NFL, and is regarded as one of the greatest defensive ends in history.

Originally from Antioch, Calif., Marchetti enlisted in the U.S. Army as a high school senior in the spring of 1944. In October of that year, his unit (Company I, 273rd Regiment of the 69th ...

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