Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary:
World War II vets recall
“date which will live in infamy”
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Among those who served in the military, December 7, 1941, is still remembered
as the “date which will live in infamy”
that President Franklin D. Roosevelt
described in addressing a stunned nation the day after the attack.
Few learned of the attack faster
than Adone “Cal” Calderone, 96, of Massillon,
who was enjoying a cup of coffee
when he felt the first of seven Japanese torpedoes slam into his battleship, the USS West Virginia, at Pearl Harbor.
Calderone would make a treacherous escape from the sinking ship by swimming up through a flooded ventilation shaft to emerge in a scene of fiery death and destruction. Only later that night would the impact of the attack hit, as Calderone thought to himself, “Holy cripe, what the hell happened here?”
Today, just remembering that narrow escape still bothers him. Even worse is the feeling that “I still can’t get over the loss of life,” he said. “It’s a little emotional.”
Remembering Germany, Japan, Italy, China, Russia, Iraqi, Iran, Cuba, Syria, Brazil, Rome, Babylon, Canaan, Amalek, and the Philistines.
Will the United States of America be next on this list?