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'We'll get through it ... it's in our American blood': 95-year-old WWII vet who survived coronavirus shares powerful message of hope

'We're that type of people. We take care of each other'

William "Bill" Kelly is a 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus — and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people that it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through it okay. ... We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the big Depression and who knows what else. We're tough. We get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just — it's born in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people, that we take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There's people that don't think we are those people any more. That it was the Greatest Generation — your generation — they did it, and now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that?" Glenn asked.

"No, I don't," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor — sneak attack, you know — it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

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