Remembering History: Pearl Harbor Survivors Commemorate Anniversary of Attack

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DALLAS — December 7th, 1941. A date which will live in infamy.

It’s been 74 years since that Day of Infamy, when the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack on the US Navy base at Pearl Harbor, killing over 2,400.

It is estimated that fewer than 2,000 survivors of the attack are still alive today. On Monday, three of those heroes attended a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony at the Veterans Resource Center in Dallas.

“I was on the USS Neosho,” said John Lowe. “It was a Navy tanker and we were tied up at Fort Allen in the center of the Harbor.”

“I was asleep in my bunk. We were at peace. I had nothing to worry about, right?” said William Hughes who was on the USS Utah. “And at 7:55 a.m., I heard a tremendous crash and the jolting of the ship. Two torpedoes.  They had left two holes under the waterline on that ship that you could’ve driven a Mack truck into.”

These three were under attack on that fateful day. John Lowe even earned a Purple Heart when a Japanese machine gun hit him in the chest.

Over seven decades later, many more wars have been fought and Pearl Harbor is a distant memory for the nation, but these veterans are grateful that some still stop to take the time to remember their sacrifice.

“They don’t want to forget about it because they don’t want it to happen again like that.” said Lowe, “I think it’s an honor to have it like this.”