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8/27/04-Pittsburg

Freedom Fighters: Archie Shaver

Archie Shaver is understandably proud of the medals he was awarded in World War II for the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinowa, two of the most vicious conflicts ever fought in the South Pacific.

As a gunner on the U.S.S. Terror, Shaver was constantly fighting off the threat of suicide bombers, kamikazees, whose pilots would fly so low, he could see their faces as he fired his guns. Late one night, one kamikaze hit Shaver's ship kiling a 165 sailors and trapping Shaver and others below deck. The hatches were buckled by the explosion, sealing the sailors in for more than two hours.
Communications were cut off and rescuers thought they were dead until the sailors banging with a hammer attracted their attention.

Archie Shaver says he's proud to have served his country and only wish he could do more.

Joan Hallmark, reporting.

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