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Hal Mayo and Ernie Schwarz: A Tale of Two Survivors

Hal Mayo and Ernie Schwarz: A Tale of Two Survivors

One young sailor was “mad as hell” that a Japanese pilot was shooting at him. For another, watching torpedoes fall on Pearl Harbor was so unreal it was “like a dream.” Seventy-five years later, they recall the horrific events that unfolded one Sunday morning in 1941.

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Ski Biernacki and Wally Walling: Return to Pearl Harbor

Ski Biernacki and Wally Walling: Return to Pearl Harbor

Chester “Ski” Biernacki of Jamestown and Wally Walling of Valley Springs were among some 90 survivors who returned in December to Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack. Walling has attended every anniversary since 2003, but it was Biernacki’s first. Writer Chace Anderson accompanied Biernacki to Oahu and visited with Walling while there.

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Mine Grassetti: Escaping the Holocaust

Mine Grassetti: Escaping the Holocaust

“In 1940 we knew what was coming for the Jews,” says Mine Grassetti, who looks back on her family’s terrifying trek to freedom.

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From Pearl Harbor to Kula Gulf: A Survivor’s Story

From Pearl Harbor to Kula Gulf: A Survivor’s Story

Chester “Ski” Biernacki survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor aboard the stricken USS Helena. It was a close call for the 19-year-old sailor – and it was just the beginning.

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Celia Seubert, Coast Guard Yeoman Second Class

Celia Seubert, Coast Guard Yeoman Second Class

Celia Seubert in dress uniform, 1944 By Celia Seubert As told to Mary Louis I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Ben and Cecelia Veronica Upchurch on Jan. 20, 1923. Shortly after, my family moved to Manhattan, New York, where

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Combat Zone: WWII Marine fighter pilot Paul Becker

Combat Zone: WWII Marine fighter pilot Paul Becker

A ‘party animal’ turned fighter pilot, then college dean, Sonora resident Paul Becker recalls the dogfight days of World War II.

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Combat Zone: Jack Glass, USS Enterprise

Combat Zone: Jack Glass, USS Enterprise

Jack Glass, 86, looks back on his two years of service aboard the USS Enterprise during World War II, including the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, one of many he feels fortunate to have survived.

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