Remembering Pearl Harbor

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Many took time on Friday to remember those lost in the 1941 attacks on Pearl Harbor.

A local woman, in particular, has some personal memories of that horrifying day.
It's been 71 years since Julia Davidson-Cheshire and her family were ducking for cover. At the time, Cheshire was ten years old.

"We were in a hall in our house where there were no windows. You could hear bullets hitting the garbage cans," said Cheshire.

Cheshire's father was an Army Air Corps Brigadier General at the time, stationed near Wheeler Field, close to Pearl Harbor.

"Daddy was in charge of all the pursuit planes in Hawaii and Christmas Island," said Cheshire.

Japanese fighter planes also attacked Wheeler Field that day.

"You could hear these planes coming over and all of the machine guns."

Friday morning, Naval Support Activity Panama City took time to remember those that fought, died, and survived the Pearl Harbor attack, with a wreath laying ceremony.

"That's the symbol of the wreath, is to pay our respects and say thank you for all that you've done for us," said Personnel Specialist Tina Cook.

"Most people would say we lost 19 ships. Of the eight battleships that were there, five sunk. One was actually beached," said Lieutenant Robert Kenning.

Kenning says the U.S.S. Arizona still leaks oil into Pearl Habor.
Pearl Harbor residents have a special name for it.

"They call it black tears," said Kenning.

Tears to remember the fallen and surviving military heroes caught in Japanese fire on December 7, 1941.

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