Louisiana veterans remember Pearl Harbor

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 8:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 8:57pm

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor; thousands of servicemen and women lost their lives during the attack in Hawaii.

In Baton Rouge, people gathered to remember those who died. A ceremony took place inside the USS Kidd building this afternoon to remember those 45 Louisiana servicemen who died that infamous day.

Active and retired service members from all branches of the military were present. It's a day these military men will always remember.

"You never forget,” stated veteran Leroy Jenkins. “Service members do never forget. Never, never… I don't care if you were two years old you'll never forget. (It’s) one of the most horrible things that could ever happen to this country."

A Monroe man survived that attack, and seven decades later, he still remembers that day and is sharing his story.

91 year-old Jim Fulton remembers the day he and his fellow servicemen and women were attacked at Pearl Harbor.

Just 21at the time, the sights and sounds of war were at his front door at Hickham field. Fulton says he was in his barracks when he heard the first explosion at the harbor; minutes later his airfield was under attack.

Fulton, a gunner and radio operator, sprang into action to fight against the Japanese.

"I think I was on the front of the barracks on the first floor. We heard the bullets flying and we ran to the top floor," stated Fulton.

Fulton says he is lucky to have survived the initial assault; a last minute decision to skip breakfast may have saved his life.

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