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Pearl Harbor's 75th anniversary: share your memories with us

Pearl Harbor's 75th anniversary: share your memories with us

The attack on Pearl Harbor took place 75 years ago next month, and The Daily Gazette hopes people wi
Pearl Harbor's 75th anniversary: share your memories with us
The USS Arizona (BB-39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Some people heard the news in movie theaters. Others heard the report at relatives’ homes.

The news was all about the attack on America that took place 75 years ago next month.

On Dec. 7, 1941, the forces of Imperial Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. The aerial bombardment of the base on the south coast of Oahu, Hawaii, killed about 2,400 armed forces personnel and civilians.

The attack occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Oahu time (just before 1 p.m. in the Capital Region) and pulled the United States into World War II. The day shocked and saddened a nation.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, appearing the next day before a joint session of Congress to request a declaration of war, described Dec. 7 as “a date that will live in infamy.”

The Daily Gazette hopes people will share their memories. We want people to write to us and describe their reactions and feelings regarding the world-shaking news of 75 years ago. If you were 10 years old in 1941, maybe you have memories about the mood in your home that day. If you were 15 years old, maybe you remember what you were doing and where you were when the news reached the rest of the United States.

Maybe you were already in the armed forces, wondering about the months to come.

Feel free to also re-tell stories about Dec. 7 that have been handed down from generation to generation.

The Gazette is looking for any and all memories for stories and photos to be published in early December.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m.

How to submit

Remembrances can be e-mailed to the newspaper at [email protected] People can write or type their stories and mail them to the newspaper by addressing the envelope: Pearl Harbor Memories, care of Jeff Wilkin, P.O. Box 1090, 2345 Maxon Road Extension, Schenectady, N.Y., 12301-1090.

Reach Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 395-3124, [email protected] or @jeffwilkin1 on Twitter. His blog is at www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/wilkin.

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