Colin Kaepernick

75 years after the Pearl Harbor attack, ceremonies and a push to capture survivors' stories

75 years after the Pearl Harbor attack, ceremonies and a push to capture survivors' stories

His teenage hand could grip a baseball and fire it from the hole in shortstop. Later, in his 50s, it would clutch a pen while grading college papers. But on this morning, looking down at the old scars, he remembered how his right hand helped pull dead bodies from the oily, fiery seawater at Pearl Harbor.

It was where Earl Smith’s mind went during Wednesday’s 75th anniversary ceremony marking Japan’s attack on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. More than 2,400 people were killed, and the attack plunged the United States into World War II. Smith was aboard the battleship Tennessee at the time. It was damaged in the hourlong raid but...

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