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WWII veteran recounts wartime
Having picked up the banjo in his 50s, Jerry Hastings plays a song inside the living room of his home Thursday. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
WINSLOW - To call Jerry Hastings a late bloomer does him a disservice, as he fought in World War II, but he did pick up the banjo in his 50s, married his wife when he was about 60 and just recently started playing violin. Hastings, 91, Winslow, is an active nonagenarian, he plays banjo at Turner Hall in Monroe at least once a week and can still get around on his own. He's still spry after fighting for three years in World War II, deployed in 1943 to the Philippines, Guam, Leyte and Okinawa and Lejima (or Le Shima) in Japan.