It was a pivotal moment in World War II; with the German Army rapidly advancing, French and British soldiers found themselves on the beaches of Dunkirk.
And so began one of the greatest military evacuations in history.
On Thursday night, 96-year-old Wesley Murphy got to see a special screening of the film at the Camillus Movie Tavern.
But it’s not just a movie to him— he was more than 338,000 soldiers who were rescued by every kind of boat you can imagine.
He was lucky and managed to get one of the last destroyers that left for Britain.
“I was never in the water because after that, they all had to walk out to small boats, you know? But I was fortunate. I got in a last destroyer,” Murphy said.
Dunkirk opens in theaters tomorrow.
Click the player above to see Murphy’s raw interview, detailing his experience at Dunkirk.