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To the editor: Clyde McCrackin survived the attack on the Yorktown during the battle of Midway in 1942. More than 2,400 of the 2,800 crewmen were rescued from the ship before it sank June 7, 1942.
The Yorktown survivors were brought back to Pearl Harbor in secret and taken to a camp at the end of the island where they stayed for four months. They did not want anyone to know the ship had sunk.
McCrackin was a farmer in Brunswick County for more than 45 years. He will celebrate his 90th birthday on Nov. 29 at his home on Ash-Little River Road.
He and his wife Irene will also celebrate their 25th anniversary.
Clyde thanks God every day for his long life and all his friends.