"Southampton - The food was lousy. The living conditions were terrible. Danger was a constant companion. You were far away from home. It was war. This week four World War II pilots shared their experiences before a standing room only crowd at the Southampton Historical Society as the year's final oral history presentation took place. "We lost so many men, so many men," World War II fighter bomber pilot Art Lasker said. "We didn't think about it. We were assigned a mission and we had to do it or die."
More than 450,000 Americans were killed in World War II. "We are the lucky ones," Irl Flanagan said as he held forth with Lasker and fellow World War II veteran and pilot Ed Koral of Southampton. Their war buddy Ed Cartoski, a former Navy pilot joined them at the end of the panel discussion. These four veterans shared their memories for posterity as part of a joint project between the Rogers Memorial Library and the Historical Society. The program headed by Penny Wright of the Library seeks to capture these men"
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World War II Pilots Share Their Memories At The Southampton Historical Society
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