Friday, December 7, 2012
Friday was the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Two local men who survived that day were honored at Friday night's Wichita Thunder hockey game.
Arthur Dunn of Belle Plaine and Paul Aschbrenner of Derby both served on the batlleship U.S.S. Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked. Before Friday's game, the two men visited the Thunder locker room and met with the coaches and players.
"Pearl Harbor taught me to be vigilant. Like we were sitting ducks,' said Aschbrenner. "I wasn't a bit scared except at pearl...trying to get a breath of air. I figured in my mind, what did we do? Couldn't figure it out."
Arthur Dunn remembers clearly seeing what happened to the Nevada. "I never seen an explosion like that. They told me the chances of survival was one in four."
The attack on Pearl Harbor brought America into World War II. 188 US aircraft were lost that day and over 2400 Americans killed. Nearly 1300 were wounded.
The Japanese lost just 29 planes with 65 men killed or wounded.