CANTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Paul Berger calls Canton residence now, however in World Conflict II, he was patrolling Japanese-held islands within the Pacific Ocean.
The 95-year outdated Berger stated he drafted into the Navy as a 17-year outdated highschool senior.
“Patriotism was operating very very sturdy, and loads of my classmates joined up earlier than they even obtained a highschool diploma,” he stated.
Berger was assigned to a patrol torpedo boat, serving as a quartermaster for a 12 months.
“We went out many, many nights, patrolling the shoreline of Japanese-held islands, and acquired hearth,” he stated.
A pivotal second in Berger’s army profession got here when his boat was mistakenly fired upon by an Allied airplane. The pleasant hearth left 4 of the ship’s 12 crew significantly damage, and left Berger with invisible scars which have lasted a lifetime.
“I developed publish traumatic stress, which nonetheless bothers me to today,” from that incident, Berger stated. He credited the Veteran’s Affairs Division with serving to him cope with the post-traumatic stress.
Berger went on to graduate highschool after his time within the Navy and earned a level from MIT in engineering.
Berger and 29 different veterans have been honored in a ceremony at Brightview Senior Residing on Friday, the place Berger at present lives. The senior residing middle had put up a wall of images from their residents’ battle days, which can stay up all year long.
WBZ’s Suzanne Sausville (@wbzsausville) experiences: