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Pearl Harbor Ceremony

Seven remaining East Texas survivors from the attack on Pearl Harbor gathered today at Tyler's Memorial Cemetary. Ben Blackmon, William Echol, Bud Taylor, Frank Nolan, F.L. Hutchison, Carle Boone Mason, and Joe Fritcher were all in attendance.

Joe Fritcher shared the story of where he was the day of the attack.

"I was stationed aboard the Battleship California in BB-44. I had a handful of cherries when they passed the word, 'Man your battle station's! This is no drill! So, I dropped my cherries, and went to work."

On December 7th, 1941, all of these men did everything they could to protect our nation, and protect each other.

Bud Taylor was a sailor on the U.S.S. Pennsylvania.

He said, "I was reading the newspaper. And I knew what it was as soon as it happened, because I saw red circles on that airplane. We knew what it was."

His post that day was a 50-caliber machine gun.

"I remember several of my shipmates. How they brought amunition up to us. We were all just fighting together. We were just trying to do what we could. We just didn't have any time. No warning," Taylor said.

For him, Pearl Harbor Day is a time to remember friends he lost, and think about those defending the nation on this very day.

"I think about them everyday. I surely do. And I always will, I guess. I know what they're going through," Taylor said.

Lindsay Wilcox, reporting.


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