See larger Charles Grieser, 82, served on the USS Elder, a net tender during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. Grieser and four friends tried to enlist in the Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Grieser was turned away due to a large burn scar on his knee, but was drafted to the service three months later.

Photo by LEXEY SWALL, Daily News

Charles Grieser, 82, served on the USS Elder, a net tender during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. Grieser and four friends tried to enlist in the Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Grieser was turned away due to a large burn scar on his knee, but was drafted to the service three months later.

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