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Charles Kelley survives Pearl Harbor, thrives at age 99 in Monroe
Charles Kelley
When the alarm sounded for battle stations on Dec. 7, 1941, Mess Attendant 2nd Class Charles Kelley had no idea that he was at war, that he would be torpedoed within three minutes, or that he would be torpedoed three times in his naval career. He also had no idea that, on one of those occasions, he would spend 72 hours in the ocean clinging to a life raft, praying for rescue. Neither did he think he'd still be alive at the age of almost 100 years, much less driving his van around town and walking everywhere.