STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Dec. 7, 1941 was a date that has lived on in infamy.
It was on this date, 74 years ago, that the U.S. bases at Pearl Harbor were attacked.
To remember the tragic day, people gathered for lunch at the Struthers’ AMVETS Post to observe those lost. One of those in attendance on Monday was Robert Bishop, who was a Petty Officer aboard the USS Tennessee when the Japanese attacked.
The ship was damaged in the attacks on Pearl Harbor, but it survived and was later used for several battles in World War II.
“The water in, around the ship was all on fire, and so, you have no idea how hot it had to be. The heat could penetrate the hull of the ship, and things started burning inside,” Bishop recalled.
Although only five crew members of the USS Tennessee died that day, more than 2,000 people were killed in the attack.
Bishop, who will turn 95 later this month, served nearly a dozen years in the Navy and the Reserves, during both World War II and the Korean War.