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USS Aaron Ward

As a sailor in World War Two, Einar Dyhrkopp of Shawneetown learned never to take life for granted. His experiences aboard the U.S.S. Aaron Ward in the spring of 1945 taught him that you might never know if you’ll see another tomorrow.On May 3rd, 1945, off the coast of Okinawa, Dyhrkopp's ship was involved in a ferocious battle for survival. Attacked over several hours, his ship was hit by six Kamikaze planes, became dead in the water, and nearly sunk. But the bravery and tenacity of the surviving crew-members and captain managed to save the ship and later sail it home to the United States. This is the story of the U.S.S. Aaron Ward, the ship that would not die.

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