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Okla. Veterans gather to remember Pearl Harbor


OKLAHOMA CITY – The Fleet Reserve Association held a Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony Friday, marking the 71st anniversary of the attack on the Hawaiian port.

A small group of veterans joined World War II sailor Damon Carlton at the Veterans Memorial near the capital.

Carlton, 87, said the attack on Pearl Harbor inspired him to enlist seven months later.

“Down deep it was always about revenge,” he said. “To get even, that’s just natural, I guess.”

Carlton and other members of the U.S.S. Oklahoma branch of the Fleet Reserve Association laid a wreath at the wall honoring the sailors who served on the Oklahoma during the attack. 

“Today’s generation may not know much about Pearl Harbor,” Fleet Reserve Member Susan Hammond said. “But we remember those that died in 9/11. And here in Oklahoma we remember those that died in the bombing in 1995. It is our responsibility to honor and remember those that gave their lives.”

More than 2,400 Americans died during the attack.

Of those, 429 were on the U.S.S. Oklahoma.