John Eakin recalls his time serving in Italy during World War II

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At the age of 19, John Eakin left his home in Catawba, Virginia, to join the ranks of the US Army’s 34th Division in Italy as a rifleman and an infantry soldier. At 97 years old, Eakin shares his story about his years of service, the capture of the Tower of Pisa, and what he did for one week before returning home to Catawba.

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