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Pearl Harbor Remembered: We Were There
December 7, 2017

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, Patricia McClure and seven George Washington High School students will present "Pearl Harbor Remembered: We Were There" in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack on the United States, most notably striking the naval base at Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands. At approximately 7:45 a.m. (Hawaiian Time), the first group of Japanese plans arrived at Pearl Harbor, where seven U.S. battleships were moored. For an hour and one-half, the Japanese bombed the American airfields and ships, killing more than 2,400 Americans and damaging several hundred planes and more than a dozen ships, including the U.S.S. West Virginia. More than twenty-five West Virginians died as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Most of them were sailors on one of the ships in the harbor. Two were brothers.

The 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor initiated an investigation into West Virginians' role in the attack. Pat McClure, who coordinates work on the biographies of veterans listed on the West Virginia Veterans Memorial, will be joined by George Washington students in the 2017 Advanced Placement U.S. History class, taught by Ms. Kathy Bush, and will discuss what they learned from writing a biography of a Pearl Harbor casualty. This is the fourth year of the student biography project and the first year to be focused on a specific World War II event. McClure will also talk briefly about the remaining West Virginia Pearl Harbor survivors. They are few, but they are fierce!

Patricia McClure is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College and has a master's degree from Ohio University. After teaching for two decades at West Virginia State University, she has spent retirement writing about historical subjects, primarily about the veterans on the West Virginia Veterans Memorial.

Participants may park behind the Culture Center after 5:00 p.m. on December 7 and enter the building at the back loading dock area. There also is limited handicapped parking available in the new bus turnaround.

For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

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