PEARL HARBOR ATTACK SURVIVORS PAY TRIBUTE TO DEAD
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.