Thursday, December 07, 2006

Maysville Native Survived Pearl Harbor

According to the Ledger Independent, a local man was stationed at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on December 7, 1941, sixty-five years ago today. Clarence "Red" Cracraft, a Maysville Kentucky native, kept a journal of his experiences during the Japanese attack that led to U.S. involvement in World War II. The journal was discovered by his wife after he passed away and has since been donated to a museum in Pearl Harbor by his daughter. In the journal, he describes the events that transpired in the moments when the base came under fire: "Was up at 7:30 a.m. and in the latrine washing when I first heard what appeared to me to be a dive bomber," Cracraft wrote. "Just a few seconds later I heard a big explosion from the Wheeler Field direction. So I looked out the window and saw large black smoke from Wheeler Field."

I looked without success for the full journal online, but you can read some excerpts in this Ledger article.

posted at 11:52 AM by Jeremy Parnell

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