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Roger Ruhlin ©Stars and StripesZweibruecken, Germany, August, 1952: Three soldiers who represented the U.S. in weightlifting at the recent Olympic Games at Helsinki, Finland, pose for a photo at the 307th Replacement Depot, where they were being processed for their eventual assignment to the 7812th SCU at Heidelberg. Tommy Kono, left, the gold medalist in the lightweight division, and Clyde Emerich, eighth in the heavyweight competition, are using Jack Bluebaugh, an alternate on the U.S. squad, as a substitute barbell. Kono, who repeated as Olympic champion in 1956 and brought home a silver in 1960, died April 24, 2016 at age 85.

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