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Of the just over 3,000 men aboard the Yamato on the morning of April 7, 1945, fewer than 300 were alive at day's end. In the interviews below, meet two Yamato veterans still haunted by memories of the battle that took most of their comrades' lives.

KAZUHIRO FUKUMOTO: Thoughts of a Young Sailor

Just 18 years old at the time of the attack, Kazuhiro Fukumoto looks back at how he and other teenage men naively embarked on an impossible mission.

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NAOYOSHI ISHIDA: A Matter of Honor

As a 28-year-old officer, Naoyoshi Ishida entered battle willing to die for his country yet burdened by the thought of leaving his wife alone to raise their newborn son.

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