Valdosta World War II vet remembers Pearl Harbor

Valdosta World War II vet remembers Pearl Harbor”

"I think the incredible thing about Pearl Harbor is that it really helped unify America", said Triesler, who has researched the war and interviewed many WWII veterans.

Americans learned of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor by gathering around radios on December 7, 1941. The president also promised them his administration would build up the military.

76 years ago, the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that killed more than 2,400 Americans.

The USS Ward, a destroyer, which had been decommissioned for two decades after World War I and brought back into service in January 1941, was the first U.S. Navy ship to fire a salvo at the Japanese after their attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, he said.

Ganitch went on to steal the show by singing the Sammy Kaye song "Remember Pearl Harbor".

More than 2,300 servicemen died in the attack.

"I don't think about it too much anymore because something like this brings it back to your memory", Stephenson said.

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"World War II was an indication of what would happen to America", Nelson said.

"Outnumbered and outgunned, they did not hesitate", Trump said.

From Lackawanna County alone, 109 people are known to have been in Pearl Harbor on this date.

Now he leads a pledge to the country he served so well, and in front of a Pearl Harbor memorial bearing his name, repeats a quote we know so well.

Just before 8 a.m. on that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes descended on the base, where they managed to destroy or damage almost 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and over 300 airplanes.

He said the attack was a "bad mistake of misjudging" America. "I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again". "They're there as guardians of us". He was waiting, we understand, for appointment to the Military Academy, but that didn't happen, so he made a decision to go Navy. "To have the ship mast and lookout over the water and remember those who gave on behalf of our country to help us win maybe our most important war".

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