John Cruitt reunited with his third-grade teacher, Cecile Doyle, to tell her about the impact she had on him as he coped with his mother's death. StoryCorps hide caption

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Decades Later, Student Finds Teacher To Say 'Thank You'

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In December, when Boyd Applegate isn't driving his big-rig truck, he dresses up as Santa and hand-delivers gifts under Christmas trees. It's a pastime he's enjoyed for more than 20 years. StoryCorps hide caption

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Santa Claus Is Driving To Town

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Jeff Ingram, 46, suffers from a rare condition that wipes his memory. Whenever he has an attack, his wife, Penny, fears he won't regain his love for her. StoryCorps hide caption

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For Man With Amnesia, Love Repeats Itself

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Marilyn Gonzalez (left) and her daughter, Jessica Pedraza, at their base in Kuwait in 2010. Courtesy of Jessica Pedraza hide caption

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Mother And Daughter Form Soldiers' Bond In Iraq

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At StoryCorps in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state, Anand Hernandez and his mom, Sarah Avant, discussed his parents' 2009 divorce. StoryCorps hide caption

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3 Years After Parents' Divorce, Son Looks Back

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The Rev. Eric Williams and his colleague Jannette Berkley-Patton visited StoryCorps in Kansas City, Mo., where they discussed a funeral that shaped Williams' future. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Life's Ministry Springs From A Dilemma Over AIDS

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Army Spc. Matthew Bolar attended the NFL's NFC championship game in January 2007 with his father, Gordon. A few months later he was killed by an IED. Courtesy of Gordon Bolar hide caption

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Remembering A Father And Connecting Generations

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Larry Rolf (left) and Denny Daniels are best friends who were both married to the same woman — though at different times. After she died, the two helped each other cope. StoryCorps hide caption

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An Unusual Friendship, Forged Over Thanksgiving

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In this animated short from StoryCorps, Nicholas Petron remembers his grandfather, Rocco Galasso, who moved to New York City from Italy with the hopes of making a better life. StoryCorps hide caption

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Ali, an Iraqi teenager, wears Spc. Justin Cliburn's helmet and radio equipment in Baghdad. Ali and Cliburn became unlikely friends while Cliburn trained Iraqi police in 2005 and 2006. Courtesy of Justin Cliburn hide caption

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Amidst War, U.S. Guardsman Forges Unexpected Bond

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Harvey Hilbert was shot in the head in Vietnam in 1966 in a firefight where he mistakenly shot and killed a fellow soldier. "You know, I'm 65 years old, and I can remember clearly that young man — the color of his skin, his face, his cries," Hilbert told StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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Vet Recalls The 'Legacy Of War That Lasts Forever'

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Boyd Applegate has been a poll worker for nearly every election over the past 20 years, taking Election Day off from his work as a truck driver. "I'm there as a representative of what's right in America, and I enjoy it," he tells his sister, Rhonda Dixon. StoryCorps hide caption

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Full-Time Truck Driver, Dedicated Poll Worker

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Marcela Gaviria met Dr. Dempsey Springfield when she was 12, and he performed an operation to save her leg from complications from cancer. Since then, he's performed countless operations on her. StoryCorps hide caption

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After 30 Years Of Surgeries, Doctor And Patient Dance

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Robert Griffo, 57, was working on Wall Street when the market crashed on Black Monday. StoryCorps hide caption

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'Black Monday' Plunge: From 'High Life' To Street Life

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