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Gothenburg WWII veteran recalls Pearl Harbor Day

Dec. 7, marks the 75th anniversary of the day President Roosevelt proclaimed as “the date which will live in infamy”—the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. The day that sent the United States into a war like the world had never seen. The following day, Dec. 8, 1941, both the U.S. and Britain declared war on Japan. On Dec. 11, 1941, Germany declared war against the U.S.

Blaine Peterson of Gothenburg remembers Dec. 7, 1941, well. It was his senior year of high school, and on that winter day he was at the afternoon movie with some friends. “When we got out of there we heard about the bombing on the radio. None of us had TV then,” Peterson recalls.

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