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Local WWII veteran began his combat duty on D-Day

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The students of Mater Dei celebrated Veterans Day Monday morning by hearing from an amazing veteran.

Carl Mann began combat duty on June sixth 1944, D-Day.

He lost 2,500 of his comrades on Omaha Beach. Although it's been almost 70 years, he still remembers that day vividly.

"Germans were blowing up the boats. There were lots of guys that drowned. We had fuel packs on our backs full of ammunition and different things. A lot of them got bogged down and they drowned," says Mann.

Carl went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. He received three purple hearts.

At 90 he's still walking on his own, but on a rainy day, he can still feel the pain of WWII.

"I got shrapnel from here down to here. I got a bullet in my back," says Mann pointing to old wounds.

He came to speak to the students of Mater Dei, because he wants to share his experiences with the younger generation.

"It's really important, especially in this day and age, for our young people to understand others who went before them, or served before them," says Mike Goebel, a social studies teacher.

"These young people don't know nothing about what they did. Nothing. That's part of their heritage. I like to tell them what those people did, and they're anxious to hear," says Mann.

Although 90, Mr. Mann still works five days a week.

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