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With a B-2 stealth bomber in the background, U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., left, and Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., talk to the media Oct. 19, 2001, during a visit Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster. Skelton, who died Monday at 81, served many years on the Armed Forces Committee.

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Military key focus of Skelton’s life, congressional work

Ike Skelton dreamed of having a military career. But polio got in the way of that dream in 1947. Instead, he would note in later years, his military interests were redirected into his long work in Congress.

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