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Mattydale American Legion Post 1832 commemorates Pearl Harbor anniversary

Members of the Mattydale American Legion and VFW posts pay tribute to those lost at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7. Twenty-four hundred and two Americans died in the Japanese surprise attack in 1941.

Members of the Mattydale American Legion and VFW posts pay tribute to those lost at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7. Twenty-four hundred and two Americans died in the Japanese surprise attack in 1941. Matthew Liptak

— “He just said that he could not believe that we were caught so severely unguarded,” Martin said.

Don Newvine, a member of the American Legion and bugler for the ceremony, was just an 11-year-old when the attack happened.

“I sold newspapers on Monday morning,” Newvine said. “We sold quite a few papers. Back in those days they had the Post-Standard in the morning and the Herald Journal in the evening. Eleven years old, you don't realize how serious it was. Later on, during the war, they made out how bad the Japanese were and everything, that's when you realize it was really serious.”

There were once 16 million Americans who served in WWII. Now those who remember the war that changed the world are hard to find. Last Friday, on a cold Dec. 7, seven decades later and thousands of miles away from Hawaii, their honor lived on in the hearts of those who remembered them.

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