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Local Pearl Harbor Vet recalls shock of Dec. 7 attack

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Highland, Il/O'Fallon, MO (KSDK)-- It's the day that lives in infamy.

December 7th, 2011, marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Sunday afternoon, VFW post 5694 in Highland, Illinois, held a ceremony honoring the day, and the more than 2,400 American lives lost.

The commemoration included prayer and a wreath ceremony.

Pearl Harbor veteran Dallas Harvey was on hand.

He was on-board the repair ship Argonne in the harbor when the Japanese attacked.

Harvey's ship was not bombed, but he helped soldiers on many of the other ships that were.

He made it out that day without a scratch on him physically, but says mentally he was torn apart.

"I think there was almost a numbness," says Dallas Harvey, who served in Pearl Harbor. "How could this be happening? I know all of us were in shock."

World War II veterans were honored at a Pearl Harbor Day observance in O'Fallon, Missouri Sunday afternoon.

Many of those who served in World War II stepped forward to share stories about their service and wartime experiences.

For one vet, the memories were overwhelming.

"California at that time was just wonderful and I guess to a lot of people it still is," said the veteran.

"Then they sent me over to Okinawa and I stayed there and came back after the war," he added tearfully.

Color and honor guards from local veterans' organizations also participated in today's ceremony.


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