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Remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor

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Today marks the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

To this day, people still remember the where they were and how they felt when the bombing occurred.  Beartooth NBC's Charlie Misra sat down with a few Helena residents who reflected on the events of December 7th, 1941.

Joseph Eckroth, remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor, says, "It was a Sunday afternoon and I was at my neighbor's house and someone came and said that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor."

Norma Spear, remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor, says, "My family was visiting another family and their daughter was the same age as I was.  And we were in the kitchen working on a school projects when we heard on the radio about the attack."

Spear says, "We dropped everything and went to our parents who were playing cards in the living room. They knew we had to be joking.  And one of them said 'That isn't a fun thing to joke about.'  And we told them it was true.  They said 'Oh no, it couldn't be.' So it was a while before we really knew what it meant."

Gene Etchart, Flight School Instructor during attack on Pearl Harbor, says, "I didn't hear about anything about the bombing of Pearl Harbor until that evening.  And of course it was a shock to me, but it was a shock to everybody in our program because most of the college kids that were our students were of military age and it would be more important to them at the time."

Audrey Hood, remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor, says, "My main concern at that time was my 2 brothers were old enough, I knew would have to go if they were called."

Maynard Olson, remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor, says, "I was fairly young too, but at the right age for going into the service and that's what everyone was wanting to do at that time."

More than 2,000 people were in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii today to honor and remember those who died in the attacks.

 

Story by Charlie Misra, Beartooth NBC.
Copyright ©2012 Beartooth Communications Company. All Rights Reserved.

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