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12/07/02 - Tyler

Pearl Harbor Survivors Pass Down Their Memories

It was called a day that would live on in infamy, and that saying is even more true for those who survived it.

On December 7, 1941, thousands of Americans were injured and killed during the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor. A few men who made it through the attack, attended a memorial service inside Tyler's Memorial Park Cemetary Saturday.

On the 61st anniversary, those who survived Pearl Harbor remember the day clearly.

"The most vivid thing I remember seeing was them bringing in a bunch of sailors from the harbor," recalls Ben Blackman, a Pearl harbor survivor. "They were all burnt from oil and smoke."

"We were getting ready for breakfast, says Randy Hutson. "We happened to look out the window and heard the bombing."

Both men belong to the Tyler Pearl Harbor Survivor association. Every year the group's members gather at the cemetery to remember those who did not make it out alive.

This year's anniversary coincided with the U.S. Naval Reserve Center's Reunion. The retired Navy reserves invited Pearl Harbor vets to share their heroic stories.

"It's an honor for me to hear about the people who survived and went on to defend our country," says John Hanisee, a retired reserve officer.

 

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