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World War II veteran anchors military family: Above the television set in Ed Krauel's living room is a p... #navy

World War II veteran anchors military family: Above the television set in Ed Krauel's living room is a p... #navy

LAMBERTVILLE, MICH. — Above the television set in Ed Krauel's living room is a painting of a World War II battle scene. The image depicts an attack on two Navy P.T. boats somewhere in the seas near the Philippines. It shows a Japanese dive bomber flying low near two of the little boats, dropping explosives near them, causing water to splash violently. Thirty-eight Japanese bombers attacked those two boats that day, Krauel told the Monroe News . He knows because he was there. "We were supposed to have cover. We saw these planes coming and we thought they were our planes," Krauel, 96, of Lambertville said. But after seeing an emblem of the Japanese flag on the side of one plane, Krauel said he quickly realized they were in trouble. "I tapped the gunner on the shoulder and I said, 'Hey, Bill, those aren't our planes. If they get too close, you open up on them'." Their boats w...

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