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Updated: 12/07/2017 08:30:03AM

Pearl Harbor remembered

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FILE, U.S. Government photo

A Navy whale boat picks up a sailor swimming in Pearl Harbor in front of the battleship USS West Virginia badly damaged and smoking in the background on Dec. 7, 1941 shortly after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

FILE, U.S. Government photo

Sailors try and salvage a burning Catalina flying boat at the Ford Island Navy Base at Pearl Harbor. Most of the American aircraft at the field were descimated by the Japanese attack that launched the United States into World War II.


People grab newspapers hot off the press in New York's Times Square announcing that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

By Don Moore

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It was 71 years ago today, at 8 a.m. on a Sunday, Seaman Joe Kleiss was aboard the USS Dobbin, an auxiliary destroyer docked in Hawaii, writing a letter home to his mother.

A moment later, he was fighting against the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a survivor of the “day that will live in infamy” — Dec. 7, 1941.

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