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Minneapolis man sings, survives war and celebrates Christmas

Dec 21, 2000 —
Topics: Education
Dan Olson

Fifty nine years ago, during some of World War II's darkest days, apprentice seaman Carl Andersen stepped up to an NBC microphone and sang a Christmas carol to the nation. The l941 Christmas Eve broadcast was a prelude for Andersen and others who would endure the tumult caused by war. Four years later, Christmas Eve 1945, Andersen returned to his home in Minneapolis, his dreams of a professional singing career a memory. Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Olson reports.