Pearl Harbor Survivor Remembers Attack 71 Years Ago

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Updated: 12/07/2012 11:47 pm

71 years ago today, American history was changed forever when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

More than 2,000 people died that day and it drew America into World War II.

Now, decades later, not many survivors are still living to talk about their experience. But Herman Horn,92, in Frankfort, says he remembers it all.

”It changed my life all together,” Horn said. “I can't describe that and don't know how.”

Horn remembers when all chaos broke loose at Pearl Harbor.

“They lined us up like two rows of corn and give us each one of us 35 rounds of ammunition for our rifles. The Japanese pilots, they were dropping the bombs and flying over us and we were in that cane field that was as high as this ceiling,” he said.

“And the pilots, we could see them smiling. Oh they were having a ball. We could have shot the pilots eyes out, but we were not allowed to fire.”

Today, Kentucky Pearl Harbor Survivors shared their stories again. Stories that soon will only be in text books or told by their children.

“I wake up a lot of nights, and I can't go back to sleep and different things. It was horrible,” Horn said. “It's a bad thing. But I had a wonderful experience. It taught me how to live.”

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