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Pearl Harbor Attack Survivor, Don Stratton, Reflects On 70th Anniversary (VIDEO)

12/07/2011 01:24 pm 13:24:03 | Updated Dec 07, 2011

December 7, 1941 will forever remain a day of infamy, but for the dwindling number of survivors who witnessed the Pearl Harbor attack firsthand, this year may be the last major milestone they'll live to see.

Don Stratton, who was 19 and a sailor aboard the USS Arizona when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, is one about 120 survivors who commemorated the 70th anniversary in Hawaii Wednesday, Reuters reports. Stratton was also joined by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, military leaders and civilians to observe a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the moment the attack was launched seven decades ago.

Although an estimated 3,000 people came out to participate in the ceremony, Stratton said he fears that youngsters aren't well versed in the calamitous event that claimed more than 2,400 lives and pushed the U.S. into WWII.

"They teach the children in school about the War of 1812, but they don't teach -- you don't hear much about them teaching about Pearl Harbor," Stratton told Reuters. "I think that should be right up in front of the public so that it doesn't happen again."

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