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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


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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