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  • Veteran profile: Dr. George Kent Meinershagen

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  • Age: 100
    Birthplace: Higginsville
    Hometown: Chillicothe
    Family: Married to Dorothy for 68 years until her death in 2004. Sons: Jim and wife, Verna, of Detroit, Mich., and Dr. Charles Meinershagen and wife, Susan, of Redding, Calif. Two granddaughters.
    Occupation: Dentist. Practiced in St. Joseph and Chillicothe for 62 years until the age of 85.
    Education: Higginsville High School (1931). Attended Central Methodist College for one year. Graduated in 1936 from Kansas City Western Dental School (now University of Missouri Kansas City Dental School).
    Military service: U.S. Army (July 1941-December 1945). Stationed with the 91st General Hospital in Oxford, England during WWII.
    Rank: Entered as 1st Lieutenant; attained rank of Major.
    Special Experience: As I was returning home from the war aboard a ship carrying 10,000 troops, I met Dr. Charles W. Steele from Lewiston, Maine. He told me that he had a brother living in Chillicothe. His brother's name was Francis Steele, a patient of mine.
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