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Jack Murphy, one of Cleveland and Bradley County's remaining World War II veterans, will have a day in the limelight on Wednesday.Murphy, still active and spry in his upper 90s, was interviewed …
Jack Murphy, one of Cleveland and Bradley County's remaining World War II veterans, will have a day in the limelight on Wednesday.
Murphy, still active and spry in his upper 90s, was interviewed on Nov. 21, 2017, in Cleveland by Josh Roe, a news reporter for Channel 9 Television in Chattanooga.
The lengthy discussion of Murphy's military career, and experiences in the South Pacific during World War II, will be aired on Channel 9 at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Among those attending the interview at the History Branch of the Cleveland/Bradley County Public Library were Stan Evans, founder and current historian of Cleveland's Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and History Branch Director Margo Still.
Roe, who was the guest speaker of Cleveland's Veteran's Day program in 2017, is also a veteran, having serve in the U.S. Marine Corp. Reserves.
Evans said the television commentator was fascinated by Murphy's service in the South Pacific during World War II, which the two discussed during the two-hour interview.
Murphy was a member of the First Marine Division in 1943. He missed the Battle of Guadacanal, but saw action at Pelelieu, one of the bloodiest confrontations of the war in the Pacific.
A gunner on a 75mm cannon, Murphy told Roe of other battles in which he participated, up to Okinawa, and some of the notable people he met, including famed journalist Ernie Pyle.
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