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5/30/08- Tyler

Freedom Fighters: George Tyler

After three South Pacific invasions and numerous bombings and strafings, George Tyler stopped counting how many times he had cheated death during World War Two. Tyler says he joined the Marine Corps in 1940 to "help his country and to find adventure". Tyler soon found more adventure than he had bargained for.

At Guadalcanal during a Japanaese bombing attack, men were killed all around him. Tyler faced even greater danger during the Marine landings on Bogainville and Guam. Over three thousand Marines lost their lives in the invasion of Guam. But Tyler says it is his experience in Guam that convinced him "it was all worthwhile". The people of Guam were so happy to be freed, and that is a memory he cherishes to this day.

Joan Hallmark, Reporting joanhallmark@kltv.com

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