Green Country veterans remember Pearl Harbor


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Updated: 12/07/2012 12:23 pm Published: 12/07/2012 12:10 pm


This morning Tulsa Tech held a ceremony for veterans at their riverside campus to reflect on Pearl Harbor. The oldest veteran was 88 year-old Ray Amstutz who served in World War II in the South Pacific. 

He remembers where he was on December 7, 1941.

"I was in the First Baptist church and at 11 o' clock service," he said the service ended early after the pastor announced the country was at war. 

He enlisted in the army right after the attack on Pearl Harbor, spending the rest of World War II in the South Pacific. 

Other World War II veterans were at the ceremony, including Raymond Perkins who served in the Air Force. He said it's important to remind people of the realities of Word War II.

"The military at that time was in the Great Depression, people enlisted to have three meals a day and have a roof over their heads," Perkins said. "People don't know what went on back then, we were totally unprepared."

There were a handful of World War II veterans at the ceremony, and many other Vietnam and Korean War Veterans. They sat side-by-side listening to the National Anthem and remembering the thousands that were killed on the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

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