WWII Veterans Travel To Europe For 75th Anniversary Of Battle Of The Bulge


TONIGHT WORLD WAR II VETERANS ARE SETTING OFF ON AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY FROM BOSTON TO EUROPE. THEY WILL MARK THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE. WE SIT DOWN WITH A VETERAN WHO SAID WHAT THIS MISSION MEANS TO HIM. Reporter: IN 1944, CHARLIE SANDERSON WAS A 19-YEAR-OLD KID . HIS INTRODUCTION TO THE WAR WAS THE NORMANDY INVASION. THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE INVOLVED. THERE ARE DEAD PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. Reporter: BY DECEMBER, HE WAS THEN THE FOREST. FREEZING AS MORE THAN 200,000 GERMANS LAUNCHED AN ALL-OUT ATTACK INTO BELGIUM. HE VIVIDLY REMEMBERS HIS LIEUTENANT ORDERING ALL THE MEN TO STAY AND FIGHT. HE SAID WE WILL FIGHT TO THE FINISH. THE FIRST NANA TURNS HIS BACK TO RUN, I WILL SHOOT THEM IN THE BACK. THE GERMANS HAD US SURROUNDED. Reporter: 75 YEARS LATER, AT AGE 94, HE NEVER IMAGINE GOING BACK TO THE PLACE HE ALMOST NEVER LEFT. I WAS SO GLAD TO GET OUT OF THERE THE FIRST TIME, DO I REALLY WANT TO GO BACK? Reporter: A MUCH YOUNGER MARINE VETERAN MANAGED TO CONVINCE HIM. WE ARE LOSING THESE GUYS RAPIDLY. FOR MOST OF THE MEN THAT COME ON THE TRIP, THIS IS THE 75th ANNIVERSARY, THERE WILL NOT BE AN 80th. Reporter: HE TRACK DOWN ALL 17 VETERANS AND CREATED A FUNDRAISER ONLINE TO GET THEM BACK TO THE BULGE. FIVE MONTHS LATER WE RAISED ABOUT $70,000. Reporter: THE JOURNEY WILL TAKE THE MEN TO FRANCE, LUXEMBOURG AND BELGIUM WHERE THEY WILL A PLAQUE HONORING EACH OF THE UNITS. FOR CHARLIE SANDERSON, THE TRIP IS ONE LESS CHANCE REMEMBER THE 75,000 WHO DID NOT MAKE IT BACK, MADE POSSIBLE BY A YOUNG VETERAN KEEPING THEIR STORIES ALIVE. HE IS ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE THAT THOUGHT ENOUGH ABOUT IT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THIS TRIP WAS 100% PAID FOR FOR THE VETERANS AS WELL AS A FAMILY MEMBER TRAVELING WITH THEM. IS A GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS TO PAY THEIR OWN WAY TO BE ON THE STRIP. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE, HISTORIC EXPENSE. SO MUCH GRATITUDE FOR EVERYTHING THEY DID. BY THE WAY, 96-YEAR-OLD DR. JOHN McAULIFFE WAS SUPPOSED TO GO ON THIS TRIP, HE IS FROM WORCESTER AND HE PASSED AWAY YESTERDAY. WE FEEL FOR HIS FAMILY. IT GOES TO SHOW YOU HOW FRAGILE LIFE IS

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  1. 75 yrs ago ok is i me or things don't add up
    75 yrs plus 19= 94 the man in the chair was 19
    when he went 75 yrs ago or did i hear wrong?
    Is he an actor telling the story cause if his 94 i want what he had been taking guy looks in good shape for 94… when i get that age i can only pray im in good shape..
    Its like those commercials asking to help a certain people in need in Europe but for the past 20 yrs they been showing the same 90 yr old couple same clothes have aged a bit..
    LMAO.. Media you gotta love it

  2. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸👏👏👏👏👏👏🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩 so proud of you Veterans!!!! God Bless You.

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