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Submitted photo Oliver Brenden, a bugler in the Army, died in 1922.

A victim of chemical warfare: Nearly a century ago, mustard gas cut short the life of a N.D. farm boy, a bugler in World War

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As the nation debates how to respond to the deadly use of chemical weapons in Syria, Larry Aasen finds himself thinking about one of the last Americans who died as a result of a chemical weapons attack: his uncle Oliver Brenden, a farm boy from near Hillsboro, N.D., stricken by mustard gas nearly a century ago in the waning days of World War I.

Brenden came home, but he received little medical care as he suffered and despaired for two years in a small bedroom at the farm home.

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