by Melissa Brunner
Dec. 7, 1941 is a date which will live in infamy. It's hard to believe it's been 70 years since America came under attack, sparking the nation's entry into World War II and giving rise to what many now call "The Greatest Generation."
It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since I met with several of those veterans to share their stories. Two survivors of Pearl Harbor were among them. Max Baker and Verne Stephens both have vivid memories of the day. At the time, they'd only recently begun sharing those memories aloud. Perhaps they realized their value to history. Perhaps, in what were the days after the 9/11 attacks, they wanted us to remember how we'd learned decades before that America can become vulnerable and we must keep our guard so it doesn't happen again.
I thought of Verne and Max today. I dug into my archives and found their stories to share again with you here. And I once again applaud the sacrifice they and so many other men and women have made for our nation.