East Texan stationed in Pearl Harbor 70 years ago recalls day ‘all hell broke loose’
Longview, TX — Nowadays, Bill Terry is a grandfather and great-grandfather, living a quiet life in White Oak.
Seventy years ago, he was a teenage sailor in the U.S. Navy caught up in one of the most momentous events in the 20th century: the Japanese attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Terry was a gunner’s mate on the USS Reid, a destroyer docked at Pearl Harbor. He was awoken that long-ago Sunday morning by several of his shipmates trying to figure out what was going on above deck.
“It was completely unexpected,” Terry said. “We came up out of the hatch, and all hell broke loose.”
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