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Surviving Pearl Harbor

Today is the 66th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and an Amarillo man recalls his experience of that day.

On December 7th, 1941, 19-year-old Buford Hartwick awoke to the sound of alarms and was directed to his battle station below deck.

"I didn't see allot of it...the people on top side, saw allot more than I did," says Harwick, U.S. Navy, CPO (Ret.)

It wasn't until after the attack that he saw the destruction of the harbor.

"The ship I was on, the Pennsylvania, was in a dry dock, they couldn't sink us, but they could bomb us and they did. A bomb hit us and killed several men."

Now 85 years old, Hartwick says that he still relives the tragic day, especially on its anniversaries.

The last time he went to a survivors reunion was about four years ago and he says the last official count of Pearl Harbor survivors was about 4000 people.

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