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2 'Monuments Men' have Minnesota ties

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Based on a true story out of World War II, the 2014 George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray movie "The Monuments Men" tells the saga of an unlikely platoon tasked with rescuing art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

"I think it suggests that when these kinds of war things ever happen we have to respect the culture of all the people involved and make sure that their culture is preserved," Murray said.

M.A. Rosko discovers two University of Minnesota architecture grads who were real-life Monuments Men.

University of Minnesota historian Jane King Hession says the Monument Men and women were trying to stabilize damaged buildings, protect buildings that had not yet been hit, and of course, preserve and rescue art -- a dangerous task.

Hession recently discovered drawings by one of the men, a 1919 graduate.

Captain Walter J. Huchthausen was a 1928 grad who came back to teach at the University of Minnesota to teach after earning his master's degree at Harvard in 1930. He ultimately lost his life in the line of duty at age 40 attempting to recover a piece in Germany but got caught in crossfire.

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