Bill Harrison, of Hemet, Calif., served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres.
Visiting the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. through the Honor Flight Network, Harrison described how his ship sank off Okinawa, Japan, and how he survived for days at sea.
The interview was part of a special Independence Day Daily Caller mini-series on the nonprofit Honor Flight Network, which flies World War II veterans from across the country to the nation’s capital free of charge to honor those who have served.
“It is the greatest thing, I tell you, what a thrill!” Harrison said of visiting the memorial. “I’ve always heard of the beauty of the World War II Memorial, and finally I got to come and see. I have so much to be thankful for.”
Another veteran, Lloyd L. Anglin, described the experience of visiting the memorial dedicated to him and thousands of others like him as “amazing.”