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Local Pearl Harbor Survivors Remember 'Day That Will Live in Infamy'

By: Stephen McLamb
By: Stephen McLamb

Knoxville (WVLT) - People came to the Tennessee Veterans Cemetery Thursday afternoon to pay tribute to those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor 65 years ago Thursday.

Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb was there and shares the stories of those who remember that day that still lives in infamy.

It's been 65 years since Pearl Harbor was hit by the Japanese and the few that remain came to Veteran's cemetery to remember December 7, 1941, a Japanese empire attack which lives in infamy.

"They had a job to do but I don't give them any credit for it. They're sneaky," says Pearl Harbor Survivor William L. Jackson.

The sneak attack destroyed or damaged numerous ships crippling much of the U.S. fleet there.

"There was so much smoke you could hardly see some of the ships," says Marshall McCloud, another Pearl Harbor Survivor.

"The oil and fire and oil and just turmoil," says Jackson.

But the attack also left more than 2,000 dead.

"There was men dying all over the parade ground and I don't know if they were dead or not," McCloud remembers.

The ceremony included laying a wreath to remember those who died. For some of those who survived, December 7, 1941 was a day of survival as they fought and ran for their lives.

"That truck driver he saved my life a half a dozen times but we'd see a plane coming at us and he'd cut off to one side," recalls McCloud.

Four years later, Japan surrendered.

"I haven't seen them since and I hope I never," says Jackson.

And 65 years later, these brave soldiers say there's a lesson to be learned, even today.

"That it happened once and it can happen again and will someday," McCloud says.

"Well just don't forget it," adds Jackson.

McCloud says although the war is over and the enemy is a democratic ally, our men and women are still fighting and dying for our country and sharing our freedom with others.


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