HARTMAN: World War II veteran learns to read


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By Steve Hartman

COOKSON, Okla. (CBS) – Inside a single-wide in a Cookson, Oklahoma — a tortured soul lives alone. Ed Bray, 90,  served in World War II.  He was at Normandy on D-Day. He earned two purple hearts and more than a dozen other medals.  But to this day, he still can’t even read what they’re for — not because it’s too painful – but because he simply can’t read.

“The toughest thing that ever happened to me in my life was not being able to read,” Bray said. “I’ve covered this up for 80 years.  Nobody in this town knows I can’t read.”

Until he retired in 1981, Ed worked a civilian job at an Air Force base refueling planes.  A coworker helped him with forms and what not.   At home his wife covered for him for 62 years.  She died in 2009.  Today, Ed…

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