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Freedom Fighters: Archie Tehan

Archie Tehan joined the Navy in December of 1942, but during his service in World War Two, he spent only seven days aboard ship. Tehan was a Combat Air Crewman on a PBY, or "flying ship" as they were called. He fought in the Battle of Okinowa and was preparing for the invasion of Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. He couldn't imagine "one bomb destroying one city" until he saw the devastation first hand. He was sent to examine the destruction, flying at a height of only fifty feet above the city which had once held over three hundred thousand people.

Never the less, Archie Tehan says he's grateful that the bombs brought the war to an end without the invasion of Japan, as it probably saved his life and the lives of many others.

Joan Hallmark, Reporting joanhallmark@kltv.com

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