“What happened on that day is tattooed on your soul”: A Pearl Harbor Survivor Remembers

StoryCorps, America’s largest nonprofit oral history organization, recently broadcast an interview with Pearl Harbor survivor Frank Curre. In commemoration of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, and also in celebration of Veteran’s Day, NPR published an audio article featuring Frank Curre’s StoryCorps interview, which recalls compelling scenes that some might find disturbing.
“I still have the nightmares, never got over the nightmares. And with God as my witness, I read my paper this morning — and right now, I can’t tell you what I read. I can’t remember. But what happened on that day is tattooed on your soul. There’s no way I can forget that. I wish to God I could.”
Listen to Frank tell his story of Pearl Harbor below: As the Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary draws near–the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941–survivors across the country are sharing their wisdom and experiences with friends, family, and loved ones. Many of the survivors are in their late 80s or early 90s. Reunions held at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center have been cancelled for the past few years because the trip to Hawaii from the mainland was becoming too burdensome for elderly survivors. As noted on the Pearl Harbor Blog, a string of online news stories reported several survivors had passed away in the past month. StoryCorps is America’s largest nonprofit oral history organization. Each StoryCorps interview is recorded on a free CD for participants to take home and share with their loved one and archived for generations to come at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps currently has one of the country’s largest oral history archives, with more than 30,000 interviews recorded in all 50 states.

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