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Title: WWII Veterans recalls time in the service
Post by: Ayoshi on December 10, 2020, 12:22:27 AM
World War II Veteran Recalls Surviving Encounter in Pacific
By Associated Press, Wire Service Content May 25, 2020, at 11:19 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Justin Minor had just finished high school when Pearl Harbor was bombed.

The next year, in 1942, he was drafted. And his next three years would take him to two of the major theaters of World War II, including the now-famous Battle of the Bulge.

Minor is one of only about 300,000 World War II veterans who are still alive on this Memorial Day weekend, according to estimates from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs — just a fraction of the more than 16 million Americans who served in the war.

But even though many are now in their upper 90s, some still have vibrant memories of their time overseas.

Minor remembers being a dependable teenager when he joined the Army — his mother could set a clock by what time he would come home, he didn’t hang out on the streets, and he didn’t swear, he says.

Title: Re: WWII Veterans recalls time in the service
Post by: Ayoshi on December 10, 2020, 12:24:20 AM
98-year-old guerrilla fighter recalls WWII experience
December 7, 2020, 9:36 pm

MANILA – Maj. Max Young, a 98-year-old former guerrilla fighter, on Monday vividly recalled his ordeal in World War II, particularly his daring escape, together with his comrades from their Japanese captors on March 20, 1942.

Young, who hails from Cebu, disclosed his WWII experience during an exclusive interview on the eve of the 79th anniversary of the Japanese invasion of the Philippines on Dec. 8, 1941 that started WWII in the Pacific.

At 98, Young could be the only surviving Filipino war veteran who fought during the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War where he was a member of the Philippine Civic Action Group to Vietnam (PHILCAG), not engaged in combat, but civic action work.

Despite his age, Young still remembers all his combat experience, particularly the Korean War where he was a tank commander, who fought almost singlehandedly against highly superior Chinese and North Korean force in the battle of Yultong where he was awarded the Taegeuk Medal, South Korea’s highest military medal for gallantry in combat.

Young still does calisthenics every day doing 1,000 steps, and walks on his own.

Recalling his WWII experience, Young said he was aboard working in a civilian ship, together with 160 soldiers and their families going to Manila from Cebu when we heard "over the radio at 10 in the morning that Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and Clark Air Base in Pampanga were bombed by Japanese warplanes on that fateful day of 8 December 1941”.