I shot the Pearl Harbor service at the Nashville VA hospital yesterday. There were two PH vets there plus several PH widows. Both the vets were pretty spry, the Marine could walk but would run out of breath and carried a oxygen system with him and the sailor could walk but had family pushing a wheel chair for when he got tired.
George, (the Marine) was on board the Tennessee crewing the director for the 5/51 guns. Witnessed the Arizona blowing up, things started getting hot up in the director and he retreated to the deck where he was volunteered to man a hose and fight the fire at the stern where the Arizona fire was speading to the Tenneessee. He had lots more to say about Dec 7. George ended up an officer, up landing at Bougainville, Saipan and Iwo Jima.(I think that's what he said) Then with the 1st Marine XX in Korea, Pusan perimiter, Inchon, Frozen Chosin, etc. i am efforting to get his whole interview on the Newschannel 5 web page, hopefully in a couple of hours.
Sam was a radio operator on the mine sweeper AM20 Bobolink. Sam was very hard on hearing and his interview ended up not as detailed.
The PR person told me there were only three Pearl harbor vets using the VA hospital in Nashville.
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