Stanley Abele

Surviving World War II
Growing up during the Great Depression times were tough, but that didn’t suppress a spirited young boy from dreaming about flying airplanes. Ninety-five-old Stanley Abele, a retired Navy Commander and a WWII fighter pilot has seen a lot in his life. But one fateful day in May of 1945 will never be forgotten. As a young man in his twenties, Abele stood patrol on the USS Bunker Hill between Okinawa and Japan when the unthinkable happened. Kamikazes attacked crashing into the ship narrowly missing him. Fires broke out and thick smoke led to a survival-mode mentality. While Abele and less than a couple dozen other pilots survived, he learned more than 600 were killed in the attempt to sink the ship. Abele sat down with Risen to share war stories from a piece of history that affected so many.
Interviewed exclusively for Risen Magazine in Coronado, California
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