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World War II Veterans Remember Pearl Harbor

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MILFORD, Del.- Pearl Harbor was more than 70 years ago. But Thomas Morris can still recall the bombs raining down on his ship the USS California.

"Boom and I said that's a big boom, something's happening, I better get my gun," Morris said.

The Queen Anne's County native was just 20 years old during the attacks and quickly sprang into action.

"They said get your gas masks on and go down and rescue the men that was down and torpedoed," he said.

While rescuing others, Morris was badly hurt. "I was burned all up and shrapnel, one here, one here, all over."

Then, after a two month hospital stay, Morris was sent back out to the front lines.

It wasn't just men serving in the war, Edith Tomlin served in the Philippines as a nurse.

"The deaths, we had 700 out on stretchers one day and the next day there'd be 300, next day there'd be 100," she said. It'd go up and down, up and down."

The 98 year old worked in a hospital that focused mainly on those who couldn't be helped. She remembers holding many men as they died.

For Thomas Morris, he carries the bittersweet memories of Pearl Harbor with him every day.

"Good duty, but I'm sorry I went through it."

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