Oklahoma Veteran Remembers Attack On Pearl Harbor


Friday, December 7th 2012, 5:25 pm
By: Dana Hertneky


December 7 is the day President Roosevelt said will live in infamy. The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II.

Unfortunately, most the men and woman who witnesses that attack first hand are no longer with us.

At 94 years old, John Carver is believed to be the last one left in his unit that was in Hawaii that day.

John Carver was a 22-year-old semi-pro baseball player for Pauls Valley when he enlisted. Seventy-one years ago today, Carver was standing in front of his barracks when the Japanese planes started coming.

"I guess I was one of the first men that got shot at," he said.

The seven decades still hasn't dulled the horror of that day.

"The planes were all on fire, the water was all on fire, they were taking sailors out of the water. They had them on the bank when we got down there," Carver said.

Carver was in charge of stringing communications wire. He strung 18 miles that day.

Carver would go on to fight overseas, even earning the bronze star. Years later he took his wife back to Hawaii, he stood in the same spot.

"I think it was one worst calamity we ever had," Carver said.

It is a part of history that still haunts him. For Carver, forgetting isn't an option. It shouldn't be for anyone.

More than 2,300 people died at Pearl Harbor. On Friday morning, thousands of people gathered in Pearl Harbor to remember the attack.