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Brig. Gen. Lester Wheeler, left, presents the Army Commendation Medal to Sgt. Maj. Sam Spivey during Spivey’s retirement ceremony at Fort McPherson in 1965. Spivey enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 15.

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