marines raising the flag WWII Stories
<p>It was the bloodiest conflict in human history. At the time, World War II affected nearly everyone on earth.</p> <p>Many current Bay area residents experienced the struggles of WWII first hand. For Independence Day week, we bring you three Florida Stories from WWII.</p> <p>This Week's Stories:<br /> 1. Lars Dohm was a young boy of seven when the war reached his native Denmark. He spoke with his son David about his experience during this difficult time.<br /> <br /> 2. Our second story comes from John Kelley of Tampa. He talks with his wife Gwynneth about his WWII experience in Miami. At age 13, he and his friends volunteered with the Air Warning Service. From their post atop the Biltmore Hotel, John became quite an aircraft expert.<br /> <br /> 3. Finally, we hear from Edith Illgen. She was a young girl living in Germany when the war broke out. Edith tells about living under the Hitler regime and the drastic differences from American war life. She speaks with her friend Carol Byrd.</p>

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Alice Babosuk was a first year nursing student in Buffalo, New York when she learned that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. On that day in 1941 she committed herself to completing her education so that she could serve her country in World War II. Alice speaks with her son Robert about her enlistment in the Navy Nurse Corps Reserves.

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