It was the summer of 1999 and my family as well as my boyfriend visited the coast. We wanted to see the Lexington, this is not the one that sank, this was the carrier. Anyway we took the tour that they offered and were having a good time until 15 minutes in to the tour when I started to feel funny. By which I mean my stomach started to hurt and then I was being flooded with information that I did not want.
It came in waves at first. It started with a song from Billy Holiday then switched to a big explosion. I heard screams, gun shots and bombs going off. Solders were calling for their mothers, it was total panic. I started to cry, I felt total fear.Then I saw it all as though it was happing to me. Soldiers were running around yelling out commands and taking orders. I saw them getting shot, some of which were standing next to me yelling "I've been hit !" I started telling everything I saw to one of the men that was there at the time, he started to cry. Everything I said was true he later told me. Then as soon as the battle started it was over. I started to see the bodies being dropped into the sea. Men crying out in pain and other men helping the wounded. We went down to the where the soldiers slept and I could hear them calling for their mothers and clenching their pillows in fear, the whole thing was so scary for me.