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Obama told the emotional story of Lloyd Corwin, a member of Patton’s third army who was injured during the Battle of the Bulge. Corwin tumbled 40 feet down the slope of an icy ravine and was left to die. But one soldier scaled down the icy slope and risked his own life amid the gunfire, all in an attempt to save his friend.

That man was Andy Lee, and four decades after the war, he admitted to Corwin that he was gay. Corwin didn’t find that revelation important, Obama said.

“And he didn’t much care. Lloyd knew what mattered … It was his friend,” Obama said.

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