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On Jan 21, 1945, Santa Maria resident and Navy veteran Bob Matteur was on the USS Ticonderoga when it was struck by two kamikaze fighters somewhere near the Sakishima Islands, setting off the aircrafts' bombs and killing hundreds of sailors, including his friend. "Except for about two hours, being on the Ticonderoga was a pleasure cruise," Matteur said.

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Hundreds of volunteers were on hand Saturday for the 8th annual Santa Barbara County Stand Down at the Santa Maria Fairpark. Stand Down helps 500 local military veterans, many of them homeless, with two hot meals, new shoes and clothes, medical and legal assistance and more.

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