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WWII Veteran shares story of man who saved his life

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Arthur Arceneaux will never forget the man who saved his life. Each year Arceneaux a veteran who volunteers at the WWII museum remembers his friend on memorial day.

“I volunteered when I was 18. I wanted to fly! I saw Lindbergh cross the ocean in 1927, and I thought that’s what I wanted to do. My dad thought I was crazy because he didn’t have that kind of money. And low and behold, never wish for something because you might get it because the war started and I saw my opportunity.

“I lost a lot of my friends in combat, particularly a guy named Bill Cambell he saved my life. I shot a plane down and while I was shooting this plane down he got on the tail of a plane that was about to shoot me down, I didn’t even know it. The very next hop he was my wing man we were doing a search and destroy mission to an island between Okinawa and Japan and he got killed.

“I think about him a lot. He was the best friend I ever had. He was my tent mate and we kind of grew up together in the Marine Corps.

“I am glad I took part in WWII because to me it was the war. I took part in the Korean and Vietnamese war but that didn’t mean as much as world war 11 to me. I felt I was fighting to save this country.”

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