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USS Yorktown veterans meet for 65th reunion

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At the Yorktown Saturday U.S. veterans gathered for a reunion on the ship they all served on during the country's wars.

"I've come to the Yorktown reunions whenever I can since 1948," WWII veteran Bill Watkinson said.

Of the more than 150 veterans in attendance, all were from different times, different wars, but they bond over one thing.

"I remember the people that were on this ship, they were unbelievable," Watkinson said. All of the veterans echoed the same thought.

"No ma'am, it's not the same," Bill Brendle said, pointing to how the inside of The Fighting Lady had changed and referencing the people he knew and served with, "and I salute every one of these guys."

That respect shows in their cheerful storytelling, and gives the impression that despite generational gaps these men are all united.

"I think it's great that we can. Of course, I'm only 93" Brendle said.

While they're here in the Lowcountry for pictures and giving autographs like true American heroes, they said they're only playing along to honor friends they made and lost while living on the Yorktown and continue fighting for a better nation.

"They have to keep the education of the young people going on about the war and what happened with it," Watkinson said. "Show what has happened, that's the only way they'll learn what not to let happen in the future."

This was the 65th anniversary of this event. The USS Yorktown Association plans to continue the meet and greet every year.

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