75 years ago, December 7, 1941, Americans were stunned by a Japanese aerial attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than 2,400 Americans were killed. The next day, December 8, the United States declared war on Japan, propelling America into World War II. We’ll hear from two men who lived through it - one a boy who lived near the naval station, one a young man in Baltimore. And we hear from the son of a World War II soldier who has made it his mission to keep survivors’ stories alive.
Brien Haigley's story was produced by Rich Polt of Acknowledge Media.
Paul Travers, son of a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack, has compiled a book of oral histories titled Eyewitness to Infamy, an Oral History of Pearl Harbor, December 7th 1941.
Gil Sandler, the man behind WYPR’s Baltimore Stories, is the author of Home Front Baltimore: An Album of Stories from World War II.
The memorial ceremony aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney at noon is free and open to the public, at the Inner Harbor, Pier 5, 701 E Pratt Street.