World War II veteran shares experiences

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Nearly 50 years after it happened one World War II veteran is sharing his memories as a prisoner of war.  A crowd gathered at the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum this morning to hear Lieutenant Claude McCrocklin speak.

McCrocklin was part of the 456th bomb group and flew thirteen missions over Europe before being shot down, spending 15 months in a German P.O.W. camp.

"I still have nightmares about World War II," said McCrocklin.  "It still is fresh in my mind like it happened yesterday.  No matter how old you get if you get put in combat and my experience as a prisoner of war with the Russians and all that, when you're young it's imprinted on your mind and you can't get rid of it, so yeah it bothers me."  McCrocklin hopes to keep the history of World War II alive through his presentations.  While the memories are often tough to talk about, he says future generations need to know about what was sacrificed.

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