Eastern Kentucky World War II veteran talks about his service

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email
We are losing more of them each day... they are the veterans of World War II.

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CORBIN, Ky (WYMT) - We are losing more them each day, they are the veterans of World War II.

Earl Fields enlisted in the Navy to serve in World War II when he was 20.

In March, he will be 92.

"I really cannot remember a big lot from when I was in the service," said Fields.

Except he really can.

"I stayed in the Navy six years. 1942 to 1948. Before it was all over, I was first class radio operator. Our duty there was to pick up survivors when a ship was sunk nearby," said Fields.

It is a task that took him into enemy waters in both the Pacific and Atlantic.

"I guess at times I might have been scared a little bit, did not bother me though. I went through some pretty rough stuff. My ship got hit with a shell battery and killed three men real close to where I was, " said Fields.

When asked if he ever feared for his life when he was in such a dangerous place, he admits he did not "have sense enough" to bother him.

He saw many milestones in the war, many first hand.

Fields said he took the message for his ship that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had died and even had to break the news to his captain.

He added that he also was in the right place at the right time when the war ended in the Pacific.

"We escorted the U.S.S. Missouri into Tokyo Bay where they signed the treaty," said Fields.

Despite his service, this veteran remains humble.

"I am not one of the heroes. The heroes are the boys that did not get to make it back home that got killed in the service and there was a terrible lot of them," said Fields.

Fields received 10 bronze stars in his six years with the Navy.

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