Freedom Fighters: James Clark

By Joan Hallmark - bio | email

MARSHALL, TX (KLTV) - December 7, 1941 was described by President Franklin Roosevelt as "a date which will live in infamy." East Texan James Cark was in Pearl Harbor aboard the U.S.S. Utah during the Japanese sneak attack. Two torpedoes hit the Utah. Clark was sent to a lower deck to check on damage. Water was rushing in so fast he had to swim for his life.

Clark found out later that the Utah sank in a matter of eight minutes from the time the first torpedo hit.

The sneak attack by the Japanese, lasting less than two hours, did enormous damage. 188 aircraft destroyed, eight battleships, three light cruisers, four other vessels and the loss of 3,435 American lives. At the age of 97, James Clark remembers every detail of his date with history, December 7th, 1941.

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