A World War 2 veteran and survivor of the USS Indianapolis was applauded on an American Airlines (AA) flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Nashville on Wednesday, as seen in this video, shared on Twitter by Soray Brandes, a flight attendant.
Edgar Harrell, 95, was recognized by a member of the airline crew, who announced his presence to the passengers of flight 1009.
According to previous media reports, Harrell was among the 317 men who survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis after it was attacked by Japanese forces on July 30, 1945.
Around 900 of his fellow crew members died when the ship sunk, many from being attacked by sharks.
The video shows a crew member announcing to the passengers that Harrell is on the flight.
“We have a very distinguished passenger on board today,” says the announcer. “He is one of the last surviving members from the crew the USS Indianapolis.”
The passengers immediately applaud as Harrell raises his hand in appreciation.
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