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Attack on Pearl Harbor (1941)
O.C.-area Pearl Harbor survivors group holds its last gathering
O.C.-area Pearl Harbor survivors group holds its last gathering

The three elderly men walked slowly to the front of the American Legion hall and settled into a row of chairs by the podium. They wore Hawaiian shirts, and white pants and shoes, and the words emblazoned on each of their caps noted their place in history: Pearl Harbor Survivor. Howard Bender, 92, took the microphone first at Sunday's gathering in Los Alamitos and told the crowd of 50 or so about his experience on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. He described going to his battle station during the ambush and fighting the best he could, his focus on the task at hand rather than any broader implications. "We fought with what we had to fight with, and we came out of it," Bender...

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