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San Diegans Reflect On The End Of World War II

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Jim Fudge, Navy signalman, Southampton, UK

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It was a war that dramatically changed the country and San Diego.

Even though the action was thousands of miles away from San Diego, the war changed the region forever. The conflict was a turning point for the county's growth and development, and it transformed San Diego from a sleepy border town to a bustling industrial and military center.

Iris Engstrand, a University of San Diego history professor, has written about San Diego during its war years and recalls experiencing the war firsthand as a small child.

Jim Fudge is a World War II veteran who served in Normandy. He also happens to be the father of KPBS editor Tom Fudge.

On Monday's KPBS Midday Edition, Engstrand and Fudge reflect on the end of the war, its impact on the region and on them.

World War II Veterans

According to the U.S Veterans Association:

16 million Americans served in WWII.

855,070 are still alive.

492 die every day.

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