WWII veteran, son prepare for eclipse after missed 1979 viewing

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On Nov. 13, 2012, a narrow corridor in the southern hemisphere experienced a total solar eclipse. (Photo courtesy NASA/Romeo Durscher)

MADRAS, Ore. —  The last time a total solar eclipse passed over Oregon, Gene Brick was too busy working in a timber mill to see it.

But this month, the 92-year-old World War II veteran and amateur astronomer will get another chance.

A total solar eclipse touches down in Oregon on Aug. 21 and Brick and his son will be on hand to watch it.

They will use a fancy new telescope but will also peer at the blacked-out sun using a scope the two made together 53 years ago.

The father and son crafted it together decades ago, when Bartt Brick was just 14.

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for Gene Brick, who survived a kamikaze attack on the USS Drexler during the Battle of Okinawa.

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