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Oct 22, 2012 12:24 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Photo of WWII veteran casting vote captures hearts

HONOLULU (AP) - A photograph of a 93-year-old World War II veteran casting what will likely be his last ballot has captured the hearts of tens of thousands of Internet users.

The photo shows Frank Tanabe lying in a hospital bed at home in Honolulu as his daughter Barbara Tanabe helps him fill out his absentee ballot.

A half-million people saw the picture on the website Reddit after his grandson posted it there on Thursday. This made it one of the most popular items on the social media network for a day after.

The top rated comment on the post said "True Patriotism."

Doctors diagnosed Tanabe with an inoperable cancer tumor in his liver two months ago. He's been in hospice care for the past three weeks at his daughter's home.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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