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"We were scared to go out the gate because the women were waiting for us. A lot of us got our clothes ripped off." (Video Interview, 25:35)

   Ed Godwin
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Ed Godwin [detail from video]
War: World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953
Branch: Navy
Service Location: Atlantic Ocean; Pacific Theater; Washington, DC
Rank: Commander
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Navy Commander Ed Godwin, a product of the "90 Day Wonder" officer training program, pulled off a rare triple: He was at Normandy on D Day, he was in Europe when the war ended there, and he was on board the first ship to enter Tokyo Bay for the surrender of the Japanese. On VE Day he was back in England, away from the fighting, but that didn’t make the celebration any less joyful.

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"90-day wonders" and their training regimen. (01:55) First command of a destroyer; growing into the job. (03:40) Seasickness is mental. (01:46)
D Day experiences. (03:28) VE Day in Liverpool; going to Japan; serving under Halsey; the Philippines. (06:27) Hearing about the atomic bomb; the Japanese surrender. (02:12)
Tense circumstances after the Japanese surrender. (02:28) A close shave (literally) in postwar Japan. (01:24) Keeping in touch with old buddies. (02:31)

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  October 26, 2011
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