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About 20 sur­vivors gath­ered at Pearl Har­bor on Fri­day (Satur­day in Manila) to pay trib­ute to the thou­sands of men lost in the Ja­panese at­tack 77 years ago. They joined dig­ni­taries, ac­tive duty troops and members of the pub­lic in ob­serv­ing a mo­ment of si­lence at 7:55 a.m., the time the bomb­ing be­gan on Dec. 7, 1941. John Mathrusse was an 18-year- old sea­man sec­ond class walk­ing out of the chow hall on Ford Is­land to see a friend on the when the bomb­ing be­gan. “The guys were get­ting hurt, bombs and shells go­ing off in the wa­ter. I helped the ones that couldn’t swim, who were too badly in­jured or what­ever and helped them to shore,” said Mathrusse, now 95. Mathrusse, who trav­eled to Hawaii for the event from Moun­tain View, Cal­i­for­nia, re­mem­bers car­ry­ing in­jured peo­ple to the mess hall and set­ting them on mat­tresses grabbed from the bar­racks above.

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