Edgar Harrell, a retired Marine, survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945. He is a man whose miraculous story is inspiring Americans to appreciate more the cost of freedom.
Sixteen million veterans served our country in World War II. Today, Harrell is one of the more than 855,000 still alive.
While growing up on a small farm in Kentucky, Harrell heard about the War in the Pacific on the radio. After listening to reports of Marines losing their lives, he wanted to help.
“I thought, I’m 18 years old and I’d already registered for the draft, and I thought, ‘Now I don’t want to wait and be drafted; I want to get in the Marine Corps,'” Harrell said.
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