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Navy recruits formed living flag

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In 1917, during World War I, U.S. Navy recruits formed an enormous living flag on the parade ground at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station.

Hal B. Schell, of Cedar Lake, owns the photograph of the event. Ethel Johns, his mother, mailed the photo home to her father, Clarence Johns. Ethel, a nurse at the Navy facility, was not in the photo.

There are more than 300 sailors in the flagpole alone.

Of Ethel's seven children, six fought in World War II. Her 15-year-old daughter stayed home.

- Hal B. Schell, Cedar Lake

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