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100-Year-Old WWII Ship Captain Tells All

One-hundred-year-old Jim Kehl is one of the last surviving US Navy ship captains from World War II. Jim served aboard LSM-144 and LSM-145 and traveled tens-of-thousands of miles across the Pacific in 1944 and 1945, including the invasions of the Lingayen Gulf and Okinawa. On March 22, 2022, Todd DePastino interviewed Jim at Masonic Village Sewickley west of Pittsburgh. Over the course of the rollicking conversation, Jim displays the humor, intelligence, sensitivity, and openness to adventure that no doubt shaped his Navy career and subsequent life. Enjoy this key slice of World War II history.

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