There wasn't a day that passed when a young Archie Payer didn't send a letter to his older brother, a World War II serviceman stationed thousands of miles from their McAdoo home. Stephen A. Payer was 19 when he died, shot down in a B-17 bomber as it flew outside of Berlin, Germany.

The Payers never received complete details about what happened to Stephen, who enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force after graduating from McAdoo High School in 1943. But because they were so close, Archie never stopped wanting to find out more.

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