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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A World War II Remembered event brought back real life memories for some veterans. 

The event took place at Seminole Valley Farm in Cedar Rapids.

 "I'm 92 years old and was in the Marine Corps for four years, I really went through heaven and heck," said Floyd Ondler, who served in the war.

 "I was on board a ship that got sunk in the Pacific, I swam for two hours to find and island and from then I went on an invasion. I was in four invasions, I was a Marine Raider to go in first to get the Japanese pillboxes so the army could come in and if 500 of us went in, very lucky if 250 of them come out," said Ondler.

Some re-enactors, although not in the war themselves, participate to honor their family members who were.

Dave Pasbrig is the re-enactors Event Coordinator, and his grandfather was a dentist in the Navy at Pearl Harbor.

"Unfortunately he passed away some time ago, but I feel that by coming out to these events and remembering him and telling his story, that he's being honored," he said.

Jeff Nelson, who had two grandfathers in the war, agrees.

 "Oh yeah most definitely yes it is, yep, that's why I like to talk to people about what my grandpa did,"  said Nelson.

Meanwhile, some veterans at the event, were glowing with pride for this country.

 "I'm just thankful to be here, I'm thankful to live in the United States of America, It's still the greatest country in the world," said Paul Egger who served in the Vietnam War.

Still, the sounds of shots fired were hard for some veterans to hear.

 "Unbelievable the power, but I, I really can't talk about it too much, any little noise I think about those bombs. I've been around so many bombs and hand grenades that I just can't help it," said Ondler.

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