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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - As Jim Foster grows older, his thoughts often flood back to those he has known who have died.

Maybe that's expected for a 64-year-old who spent three years in the Army, including 18 months in Vietnam, before a lifetime as a teacher and coach.

That his Ohio State team opens its season Friday on an aircraft carrier, surrounded by servicemen and women who are sacrificing for their country, adds to and enhances his memories.

His war was a long time ago. He's lost touch with many of his friends with whom he served. Yet he feels it is important that his players realize the sacrifices made so that simple games can be played on the decks of warships.

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