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Veterans walk the Long Road on behalf of fallen

Three men travel Highway 20 to raise awareness


December 14, 2022

Benny Westcott

Retired Marines Justin LeHew, left, and Ray Shinohara walk along Highway 20 east of Sweet Home on Friday afternoon.

Walking the entire length of U.S. Highway 20, America's longest road, is a feat most people would probably consider impossible, or at the very least extremely difficult.

But one must consider three men who find themselves oh-so-close: Justin LeHew, Ray Shinohara and Coleman Kinzer. With 67 years of combined service in the Marine Corps among them, this trio has faced more than its fair share of head-on challenges.

When asked what made him think he could walk the 3,365 miles from Boston, Massachusetts, to Newport, Oregon, LeHew said,

"That's an absolutely great question, and it's an easy a...

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