Veterans Remember World War II

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Servicemen and women remember the United States' deadliest war this Veterans Day.

World War II claimed the lives of 400,000 U.S. Troops and now experts say survivors are dying at a rate of about one thousand every day.

Time does little to fade their memories of wartime.

“When I went overseas I weighed 161 pounds, and when I come back I weighed 89,” Eddie Bolden, WWII Vet, U.S. Army 35th Infantry.

Like Eddie Bolden, Donald Eddy struggles to forget nights like the one he threw a grenade into an enemy building during the Battle of the Bulge.

“When you look in there and you see a woman and a child… how do you think they feel?” Donald Eddy, WWII Vet, U.S. Army 103rd Infantry.

“It's been how many years ago and I still have thoughts about it at night,” Eddy said.

Zena Noble thought only about helping the wounded as a field nurse in France.

“They called them buzz bombs and you could hear them coming 'bzzz' but you didn't know when they were going to explode or where,” Zena Noble, WWII Army Nurse.

Patches on her uniform represent her patients. She remembers one soldier who came to her with phosphorous burns.

“I knew he was going to die and he had a birthday while he was there, and I traded my liquor ration for this cook to make him a cake,” Noble said.

“You get attached to them, you know you just want to do something, but there's not a whole lot you can do,” Noble said.

Their scars of war are as permanent as their pride in serving their country.

“When this life is over, I've got a home where I know I'll rest,” Bolden said, and I hope some day we'll all meet, over on the other side.”

“It would be wonderful if I could shake the hand of the ones that was in the war with me, all of them,” Bolden said.

More than 16 million men and women served the U.S. in World War II.

Just more than two million are still living today.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Estimates less than 100,000 will live to see the year 2023.

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