U.S. soldiers took her birthday cake in 1945. They finally replaced it.

Gunshots boomed, rain poured and thunder crashed as Meri Mion and her mother huddled in the attic on their farm in northern Italy. It was April 28, 1945, and the Germans were retreating as U.S. soldiers pushed into the nearby city of Vicenza, northwest of Venice. Mion emerged from the hiding spot the …

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