Rock Hill World War II vets remember Pearl Harbor

Rock Hill World War II vets remember Pearl Harbor

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on December 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 3:45 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- December 7th marks the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, an attack that shocked the United States and triggered a declaration of war against Japan.

On the anniversary, those who survived the war are taking the day to reflect and remember.

"I was in my girlfriend’s living room and we were discussing getting married."
 
James Vick, 90, will never forget the moment he heard the news of Pearl Harbor and 90-year-old Bob Bennett knew it was about to change his life.
 
"I’m a solider, I'm nearly 19 years old," said Bennett.
 
At Emeritus at Chandler Place senior living in Rock Hill, they're honoring the 71st anniversary of Pearl Harbor and sharing their experience with each other.

Both World War II vets were called to serve after Pearl Harbor. Vick trained to fly B-24 bombers and says the horrific incident was their motivation.
 
"Every time most of us would think about the situation we had two words, damn Japs, so therefore our inspiration was purely and simply payback," said Vick.
 
Bennett flew B-29's.
 
"It gave you incentive to go to war, something you had to do," said Bennett.
 
A memory that both say feels like yesterday including, that famous speech and those famous words.
 
"Roosevelt's speech, that day was lived in infamy," said Bennett.
 
Seventy-one years later both men lived to tell their stories and carry the memories.
 
 "I think about it probably at least once or twice a week," said Vick.
 
And they're glad to know that the country hasn't forgotten the sacrifice so many made for our freedom.
 
"I always recognize it and I feel it should be recognized by the nation," said Vick.

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