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Veterans remember attack on Pearl Harbor


Veterans remember attack on Pearl Harbor
Members of the Poth VFW Post 8555 join veterans of many generations, including Anderson Baughman, who served at Pearl Harbor and during World War II, and Shilo Harris, a veteran of the Iraqi War, to remember Pearl Harbor Day Dec. 6 at the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville.


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FLORESVILLE -- The Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home welcomed Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8555 Dec. 6 to remember Pearl Harbor with residents of the home.

Seventy-two years ago, on Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese naval and air forces sunk or severely damaged 18 U.S. Navy ships and killed more than 3,000 servicemen, crippling but not destroying America’s military presence in the Pacific Ocean

“Today we recall an event that changed the course of history and the destiny of civilization,” said Jesse Gorden, a past commander of the post, in recalling the attack. “Although it was a day of great tragedy, it was also a day that served to revive and replenish our national pride and our great national spirit.”

Among the residents who filled the dining room where the event took place was an actual attack survivor. Anderson Baughman, who was assigned to Pearl Harbor at the time, served three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II, attaining the rank of petty officer first class. Another resident and survivor, Billy Allen, also served in the Navy during the war instigated by the attack, but he was unable to attend the observance.

The commemoration included the playing of taps, and a number of residents joined the members of the Poth-based post in saluting the American servicemen who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. Following taps, those attending watched a World War II newsreel that reported the Pearl Harbor attack shortly after the actual event.
 

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