A local WWII veteran who fought in the South Pacific recalls the attack on Pearl Harbor on the 71st anniversary of the day that will live in infamy.
Dec. 7, 1941 was a horrible day.
"I was in high school in my senior year and I remember sitting on our desk listening to president Franklin D. Roosevelt saying, 'a day that would live in infamy,'" said Stanley Sasine, a World War II veteran.
Sasine is 88 years old and one of the remaining few alive who remember the day Japan launched a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.
"I couldn't realize the extent of what he was saying that we were almost totally wiped out. There were thousands and thousands of young men that were standing up saluting the flag, as they do every morning at 7 a.m., [who] were getting slaughtered," said Sasine.
Shortly thereafter, Sasine was drafted into the Army. He looked forward to defending the country.
"I said my God, we have to stop these people before they come to the United States. I'll help. I want to do my share," said Sasine.
Sasine did his fair share and more, saving soldiers and getting wounded twice. The Private 1st Class is a member of the famed Merrill's Marauders. They were World War II commandos who fought the Japanese in the jungles of Burma.
"We were anxious to help, to do whatever we could to rid the world of the Germans and what they'd done to the Jewish people, and the Japanese people and what they did to the rest of the world," Sasine said.
Sasine was awarded several medals including the Purple Heart the Bronze Star for bravery.
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