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89-year-old Robert White was thrown into battle when he was only 18 years old.
"When Pearl Harbor was bombed, I was in San Diego in my boot camp and they shipped us right out," White said.
He spent the next 46 months serving in the South Pacific surviving atrocities he'd never be able to forget.
"It was the most devastation that I ever saw," White said. "Never have I seen anything like it before or since and I hope I'll never see it again."
But Wednesday morning was unforgettable for all the right reasons. White and 98 other World War II veterans from Tennessee got a free trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Music City Honor Flight.
They got a hero's welcome and a day full of sightseeing in the nation's capital.
During their trip to Washington D.C. the veterans saw a number of historical monuments but to them, none was more important than the World War II Memorial.
Lisa Anderson flew with her father and took pictures of him in front of the reflecting pool.
"Coming here and getting him to come here is an experience I'll never forget," Anderson said.
"It's very impressive," said Harry stokes, a veteran. "It's been inspirational."
But there's also a somber tone at the memorial. One display puts into perspective the loss the greatest generation suffered. More than 4,000 gold stars are fixed to a wall, each represents 100 soldiers that were declared dead or missing in the war.
"I'm just amazed at the number that are there," said James Herbie Hobbs, who served in the Army Air Corps. "Saddened in a sense we lost that many people."
And as for Mr. White, he said the trip brought back all the memories he wishes he could forget, but it also created some new ones he hopes he never will.
"Altogether today was wonderful," White said. "I met a lot of good friends. Everybody has something in common here. We're all veterans and that s what its all about."
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Prince Edward presents Edinburgh's awards in Tenn.
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By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, is visiting Tennessee to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's awards.
The prince presided over an awards ceremony at the governor's mansion in Nashville on Thursday for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program.
About 80 youths received the award by participating in community service, skills development, physical fitness and adventurous journeys through the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, LEAD Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy or the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.
Following the event, Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam invited the awardees and their families to tea inside the governor's residence. Later on Thursday, the prince was scheduled to headline a black-tie gala at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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