Lake Murray, SC (WLTX) - Sixty veterans were invited bass fishing Friday morning for the Troop Appreciation Fishing Derby.

Michael Glover, better known as Captain Mike, partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project and local volunteers to host the group.

"Their chests were poked out. Their faces were beaming and I don't think they could smile any brighter than what they did," Glover said.

"I was just trying to enjoy myself and have a really good day," Jeffrey Graham said.

34 year Army combat veteran Jeffrey Graham took home more than a dozen fish. It was a day of camaraderie across all branches, ages and experiences including Pearl Harbor survivor Tom Ryan.

"I enjoy it. I really enjoy it. I love the water," Ryan said.

The Navy veteran shared his experiences.

"The worst experience I had, I tried to pull some kid aboard and his arms were flashed burnt and it just pulled the hide off of him. I had to let him go. I'll never forget that," he said.

After the fish were counted, over $16,000 in donated prizes were given away over lunch.

"The question isn't, 'Why are we doing this today?' The question is,'Why aren't more people doing it,'" Glover said.