HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Two Pennsylvanians who were in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack on the harbor 75 years ago attended a ceremony at the state Capitol to mark the anniversary of the 1941 attack.
Isaac George, a 95-year-old veteran from western Pennsylvania, spoke about what it was like as the attack started.
“We heard some planes outside from our barracks, saw the red ball on the Japanese wing, knowing we were in trouble,” he said. “We heard a loud explosion and saw the Arizona come completely out of the water with a loud explosion.”
George, a 2-year-old radioman, was headed for the mess hall. When it became clear what was happening, he was ordered to load up with guns and ammo, head to the control tower, and start shooting.
When it was over, he went to the mess hall. It had been destroyed, with many casualties inside.