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Published November 10, 2013, 09:06 PM

Sitting down with a World War II vet

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More than 400,000 people were killed during World War II.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More than 400,000 people were killed during World War Two.

Now, decades later not very many veterans are left to tell their stories.

We were lucky enough to hear from a local, Fargo, vet who spent years in battle.

Sometimes the best stories don't start from the beginning.

Like this one,

Don Witham/WWII Veteran: "I shouldn't be here really."

Which is told behind door 128, at the end of this hallway.

Withman: "I said well pop, I guess I better go."

This is where author, Don Witham, lives alone.

These days the company he keeps comes in the form of memories.

Withman: "Four years, one month and eleven days."

A pretty sharp mind for a 94-year-old, but he remembers the exact day he went in to sign up for the army, and came out a Navy Seal.

Withman: "That changed my whole life right up to this point."

Living life through the eye of war brought threats.

Both against and through Don.

Withman: "I went to Iwo Jima, and Okinawa"

Like invading four different countries, including North Africa.

Withman: “there's a long story here."

Through those four years, one month and eleven days, was Lt. Franklin Minor.

Who moved quickly into command and turned into a fast and firm friend.

Withman: "and we were together, we stuck together through the war, almost from the beginning."

That would be in South Dakota, where this story really starts.

Where Don would end his service to the U.S. In 1943.

And begin his life after war.

Withman: "From that moment on my life completely changed."

He built a family in 1950 with Betty - his lifelong love.

Withman: "she died about a year ago."

But this isn't where this story ends,

Andrea: "if you could do it again, would you do it again?"

Withman: "you mean all this? I would in a second."

Merely where Don Witham keeps living life after war.

You can read all about Don Witham's {with-am} adventures during the war in his book, called "Sharing a Legacy".