MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A group of 25 World War II veterans reunited Thursday aboard the USS Yorktown.
The soldiers, who served together in the Battle at Anzio Beachhead in Italy, were part of Operation Shingle.
"At the time, I really didn't think much about it cause it was just something we were doing," WWII veteran MSgt. Thomas Fitzgibbons said. "And we just did it and not realizing until afterwards what we did."
Fitzgibbons was involved in the combat from 1943 until 1945.
"We spent three months on Anzio being shelled every day and lived in the same foxhole every night because we had to get underground," he recalled.
Under the command of Major General John P. Lucas, the men of Operation Shingle landed on the west coast of Italy roughly 30 miles south of Rome, and over the course of four months were able to secure the area from the Germans.
He said being back on the ship brought back memories of what they had been through during the war.
"It's awesome to be here," Fitzgibbons said. "It feels good that you can tell these younger people what World War II veterans did. They were all young, they were all 18, 19, 20 years old, and they done all that for this country. They kept this country alive."
Their reunion came less than a week after the 70th anniversary of the Victory in Europe.