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Pearl Harbor: 70 years later, the Ark-La-Tex remembers

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attack that brought the U.S. into World War II and today the Ark-La-Tex remembers those who lost their lives.

Jackson B. Davis worked in Navy Intelligence on Pearl Harbor at the time, and says they didn't expect the attack, but as soon as he heard about it he rushed to get to the base.

"I ran out on the street trying to get a ride, and a taxi cab came by.  Got in and went to Pearl Harbor.  Of course, we had no idea of the extent of the whole thing," said Davis.

Later that day, he realized the magnitude of what happened.

"I think there were about 2,500 killed that day.  The hospitals couldn't take care of it.  They had the dead on the boulevard out front.  When you see that, that's something that lets you know in no uncertain terms what has happened," said Davis.

However, not all of his memories from his time at Pearl Harbor are bad.  After the attack he sent a telegram to his girlfriend at LSU.  Not long after, she got her own government orders to go to Pearl Harbor, and they married there.  Today, the couple is still happily married in Shreveport.

Davis says he hopes by sharing his story he can teach a younger generation the lessons he learned that day.

"I think it's something that has proven to us, to the United States, that we must be prepared at all times," said Davis.

Overton Brooks V. A. Medical Center in Shreveport commemorate the day with a ceremony honoring two survivors from that day, including a Navy veteran who was stationed on a destroyer at Pearl Harbor.

The V. A.'s program begins at 10 a.m.

Nationally, a ceremony is set to begin at 11:40 a.m. at the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii with about 120 survivors taking part. Altogether, about 3,000 people are expected to attend.

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