Aug 14, 2015 9:42 PM

NH WWII veterans look back on 70th Anniversary of VJ Day

BOSCAWEN - Roger Paris, 95, remembers where he was on August 14th, 1945, the day Japan surrendered, ending World War II. He was home in New Hampshire on leave.

That day, Granite State soldiers were scattered around the world, from the U.S. to the South Pacific.

John Noonan was having lunch in Boston with his then girlfriend. News of the war ending had them talking marriage. It would be the start of a big family. They would go on to have four children and 20 grandchildren.

“From those 20 grandchildren, we had 20 great-grandchildren. We have quite a family,” Noonan said.

In a ceremony at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery, the men laughed, prayed, and remembered together.

Many of them were just teenagers when they were sent into combat.

“You're never the same; any of those experiences leaves something in your mind,” said Navy veteran Harry Trott.

They are brave men who saw war, lost friends, and sacrificed so much for our nation’s freedom -- the Greatest Generation deserving every honor from the younger generation.


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