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Damaged doughboy statue returns to Ohio village

LAKEMORE, Ohio (AP) — A damaged and discarded statue of a World War I soldier is again standing guard over a memorial park in a northeast Ohio village — thanks to the efforts of some local veterans.

The 3½-foot high zinc World War I statue called Resting Doughboy was stolen from the park in Lakemore in September 2008. It had been there for 60 years.

Two weeks later, the statue was found in a nearby reservoir, the head smashed, his left hand and most of his rifle missing, and legs broken off at the ankles.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/17RoAdQ) reports that two local veterans spent hundreds of hours welding and painting to restore the original statue.

On Monday, the doughboy was brought back for a dedication ceremony after the village's Veterans Day program.

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