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11/30/07-Hughes Springs

Freedom Fighters: Melvin McCoy

Mellvin McCoy was a gunner's mate aboard the U.S.S. Tennessee December 7, 1941 during the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. The Tennesse was wedged in among the Oklahoma, Arizona and the West Virginia, all of which sunk.

The U.S. Navy lost over three thousand men that day. It was the beginning of World War Two for America. Although McCoy went on to fight in the Philippines and at Okinawa and to be awarded many medals for his bravery, it was Pearl Harbor that he couldn't talk about for years. The memories were too vivid and too painful It was as President Franklin Roosevelt said "A day that will live in infamy."

Joan Hallmark, Reporting

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