For A Young Paramedic, Saving A Life Meant A Lifelong Bond

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Leonard Carpenter in Kentucky, where he grew up, in the early 1940s. Photo courtesy of Lynne Bruschetti hide caption

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Grandpa's Story: A Comb, Penknife And Handkerchief

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Monica Velez and her two brothers, Freddy (left) and Andrew, in 1996. Freddy died in Iraq in 2004, and Andrew died in Afghanistan in 2006. Courtesy of Monica Velez hide caption

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Brothers Lost On Deployment; Sister Mourns 'Soul Mates'

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A Father And Daughter 'Keep The Faith' During Cancer Fight

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The island that serves as home to the Statue of Liberty — shown here in 1952 — was called Bedloe's Island until 1956, when its name was changed to Liberty Island. It recently reopened after suffering damage from Superstorm Sandy. John Rooney/AP hide caption

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Two Brothers Remember Lives Spent With Liberty

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After Samuel Taylor came out to his mother, Connie Casey, the pair had several very difficult years. But in time, Connie realized she had to re-examine her feelings about homosexuality. StoryCorps hide caption

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For A Mom, Learning To Accept A Gay Son Was 'Nonnegotiable'

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On a visit to StoryCorps in Phoenix, Gilbert Zermeno told his wife, Pat Powers-Zermeno, about what it was like to grow up poor while yearning to join the school band. StoryCorps hide caption

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For A Boy With Little, Learning To Love A Castoff Trombone

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Robert Stokely and his son, Michael, who died on deployment in Iraq in 2005. Courtesy of Robert Stokely hide caption

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Dad Follows The Moon To Find Military Son's Resting Place

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Adrian Hawkins (left) with his foster father, Horace Atwater Jr., at a visit to StoryCorps in Atlanta. Horace took in Adrian when he was 14 years old. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Second Chance For A Father And Foster Son

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Shengqiao Chen spent two and a half years at York County prison while his asylum case was pending. He has been living in the United States for longer than he lived in China, and has no immediate family left in his native Fujian Province. Few people call him by his Chinese given name any longer — his wife and children know him only as Sean. Diptych by Katja Heinemann for NPR hide caption

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Finding An Anchor For A Life Set Adrift By A Shipwreck

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Peter Obetz (left) and Jeff Jarrett met in 1998 and are still close friends. Peter was diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer in 2004. He was declared cancer-free in 2009. They visited StoryCorps in Kansas City, Mo. StoryCorps hide caption

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Cherishing The Gift Of Friendship Through A Cancer Bout

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In 2005, Lance Cpl. Travis Williams lost his squad to an IED. He was the only survivor. StoryCorps hide caption

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Sole Survivor: Iraq Rescue Mission Ended In Tragedy

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Sally Edwards (left), 80, and Lue Hutchinson, 71, visited StoryCorps in Cincinnati. Their sons, Jack Edwards and Tom Butts, are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. StoryCorps hide caption

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Military Moms: A Bond Born From Shared Loss

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Six years ago, Rick Bounds was told he would die without a kidney and liver transplant. Today he is a triathlete, thanks to donor organs from Dorothy Biernack's late husband, Marty. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Gift Of Life And Friendship After A Family's Loss

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Carol Kirsch and her daughter, Rebecca Posamentier, visited StoryCorps in 2008. Posamentier visited again recently. StoryCorps hide caption

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Preserving The Motherhood Advice And Memories Of A Mom

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