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Remembering A Vietnam War Veteran And An Education Advocate Who Both Lost Their Lives To COVID-19

We remember Ivan Forbis (right), a Vietnam veteran, and Maurice Ojwang Sr., a Kenyan immigrant and staunch education advocate, both of who died in 2020 from COVID-19. (Courtesy)
We remember Ivan Forbis (right), a Vietnam veteran, and Maurice Ojwang Sr., a Kenyan immigrant and staunch education advocate, both of who died in 2020 from COVID-19. (Courtesy)

We’ve been taking the time this week to hear more about some of the 500,000 American lives lost to COVID-19.

In Thursday’s tribute, Marylee Bendig of Groveport, Ohio, tells us about her brother, Ivan Forbis, a Vietnam War veteran who had been living in a long-term care facility and died in December.

We also hear from Maurice Ojwang Jr. of New York City about his father, Maurice Ojwang Sr., a Kenyan immigrant and staunch advocate for education who died last April.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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