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Veterans Share Stories on D-Day Anniversary

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We don't get to talk with the people who served in World War II very often, but as Mike Chaussee tells us, when you can get them to talk, it's worth the time to listen.

They call themselves the 'old farts', but they would never say that on TV.

"We call ourselves the old gang...that's close to what we call ourselves." says Vern.

They get together once a week, just to talk.

"It's just good to be reliving memories, we all have the same thing in common in that we're all veterans. So that's our claim to fame."

They served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

And they all have stories to tell.

Dick Iverson was on a ship in the Navy.

One night he woke up the whole ship at 2 a.m. to warn them about an enemy submarine nearby...

"Here it was a whale...that was it. They wouldn't speak to me after that!" says Iverson.

Today, they're remembering D-Day.

"And as you can see we got three members of the great generation here."

It was the beginning of the end of World War II.

From left to right, Al Hanson, Dick Iverson and Bert Wheeler all served in World War II.

"Germans would shoot up flares you know, your sitting out there on the water...you think you'll never make it." says Wheeler.

"But before we got there they dropped the second bomb on Nagasaki. And of course they surrendered. So instead of heading through the Panama Canal we went to New York instead." says Hanson.

They share history, and friendship, and they're glad they have each other.

"Our generation belonged to groups. And as you can see, we still do. It's part of our way of life."

They're a little concerned that younger generations don't talk to each other enough.

We might be missing out.

The guys like to change things up now and then.

They say they rotate between four or five restaurants for their Friday meetings.

Friday, they were at Minervas in north Bismarck.

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