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Published April 27, 2012, 10:13 PM

Veterans Gather in Devils Lake for 'Bull Session'

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - War veterans share a common experience that few can relate to. Hundreds of vets are in Devils Lake this weekend to share their stories and their unique brotherhood.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - War veterans share a common experience that few can relate to. Hundreds of vets are in Devils Lake this weekend to share their stories and their unique brotherhood.

It's called the "Bull Session." Korean War Vet Carl Bloomquist started it 23 years ago.

"We sent out notices about a Bull Session, and I thought we'd get 25-30 people together to shoot the bull, but it turns out we had 165 the first one," Bloomquist said.

Now more than 300 vets from around the country come to share stories. For Korean War Veteran Oscar England, those stories are just as vivid to him today as they were 60 years ago.

"I pulled him down the hole and he had a hole in his head about a three inch hole-gash above his left eye. You could see the brains there," England said.

The Bull Session is an annual chance to keep those stories from fading into history.

"Some of them are repeated many times, but it's always good to sit down with the guys and visit," WWII veteran Duane Carter said.

"It's a reunion. It's a family reunion when we get together," Bloomquist said.

As more veterans pass, the fight to keep their stories alive is more urgent.

"I can communicate with people that have been with the war and understand the war," England said.

Which means more history can come alive at the Bull Session.

"There really is no exaggeration in the front lines," Bloomquist said.

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