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The Price of Freedom: World War II Veteran George Palmer

The Battle of Guadalcanal started seventy-two years ago next month.  It ended in February 1943.  It was fought on and around the island.  Chattanooga's George Palmer was there on a destroyer in the Pacific. 
 
He served on several naval vessels, but he saw the most action on the USS Duncan.

On October 11, 1942, the Duncan found itself in a fight with multiple Japanese ships.  By the next day the Duncan was sunk.

"I went off on the side into the water," George Palmer told us.  "I was in it 12 hours before I was picked up."

The Duncan was hit and was on fire when Palmer, and his fellow sailors jumped into the ocean.

Fifty men from that destroyer were killed.  Palmer and one hundred ninety-four other men spent hours floating in the shark infested waters. but made it out alive.

"When I was picked up I looked down and there was sharks all over the place," Palmer said.  "They never did bother me."
 
By Josh RoeThe Price of Freedom: World War II Veteran George Palmer

Wednesday, July 23 2014, 06:30 PM EDT

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