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Veteran credits WWII service for path into medical field

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Updated: 3/25 10:34 am
By Lauren Stephenson
NBC News

ANTIGO, Wis. — "When you've been in combat, and you've had friends that have been killed, you get the feeling to yourself that your life has been spared and you cannot waste it, and you must do something with it," says World War II veteran Dr. Robert Cromer.

He did do something with his life after serving in World War II.
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"Five and half months in Army hospitals, I had a lot of time to think. And somehow, not all at once, and I can't tell you just how or when, everything changed. My life was changed and I decided I'd be a doctor," Cromer says.

The Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Combat Infantry Badge recipient went to Northwestern Medical school after the war.

He answered an employment ad looking for a doctor in Antigo in 1954.

Now for 60 years, Antigo has been the place where he's practiced medicine and enjoyed life.
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