Boston, New York, Philippines discussed on Overnight America


And we return to washington dc and the guys are interviewing a world war two vet here in this segment a military wife an active duty servicemen as we continue to circle around the world war two memorial we were struck by the enormity of it showing the sheer scale of the war huge pillars surround the memorial each one of these pillars represents the states and territories that sent men and women to the field and two separate pavilion said on opposite sides of a large center fountain representing the two major theaters of the war and paying homage to individual battles and events you can't help but feel small walking on those stone steps we talked with a man named ed desmond who told us about his time in the navy from his wheelchair jasmine ward through and i was on a elsie s number one twenty eight gunboats in the pacific and there was one hundred thirty of them so they didn't have names they had numbers we sail my ship in boston we sailed down the coast can only stay out for thirty days because drinking water you gotta have water so we went down the coast opted little creek virginia courts new york of course and key west florida charleston south carolina the more down to the canal when over to san diego stayed there for about a week refueled and rapper sale andrew j again we talk side all of those maybe not succession and then we were down to okinawa 'em we did pick a duty for the destroyers and battleships and basically they had to get to the battleships they had to go through our college i so we wound up down in philippines ready for the invasion of japan and it was the most dramatic scene i have ever seen there was so many ships you couldn't count them and you couldn't see the end of it and when the end the war and all the guns fired up and we had to go below deck because the shrapnel was coming down on top of us we asked ed what life was like as a veteran and he told us a story about a yearly reunion he attends with his former shipmates on these thirty ships right we have a reunion every year inner city in the united states and last year we were in sacramento california and there were only twelve of us left out of the.

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