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Local veteran remembers Pearl Harbor

LA CROSSE, WI (WKBT) - Joseph Sweeney, a sailor on the U.S.S. Whitney remembers almost everything from the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Sweeney's boat was stationed near the U.S.S. Arizona, sunk during the attack.  After 72 years, it's  boat he won't soon forget.  "I saw daylight under the Arizona when it blew out of the water," says Sweeney, "a 30,000 ton battle wagon being completely blown out of the water."

Sweeney says he didn't have time to think during the attack, But remembers seeing the Japanese planes as they flew in to the harbor.  "There were so many planes flying around that morning, darting around," says Sweeney, "it's funny that they didn't crash into each other.."

Sweeney said he still keeps in touch with some of the other survivors from that day.


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