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Naval veteran will share submarine tales


Today is the deadline to reserve a place for a Vietnam Veterans of America Christmas dinner.

The dinner, 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the American Legion, 13th and Canterbury, will feature guest speaker Todd Mauerhan, a former commander in the U.S. Navy who retired in 2011.

Mauerhan's submarine was on routine patrol at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. His submarine, the Portsmouth, was first on the scene off the shores of Afghanistan and was part of the retaliatory response. It joined a short list of nuclear submarines to conduct combat missions, according to a news release.

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