Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

December 6, 2012

A DAY OF INFAMY: Wood recalls attack on Pearl Harbor

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — In a frame, hanging on John Wood’s dining room wall is a piece of paper naming him the recipient of the Patriot Award, a recognition given to local veterans on Memorial Day. He received the award in May.

Wood, of Glasgow, is a Pearl Harbor survivor.

On a wall in his den are various other framed documents, including a letter from former President George H.W. Bush, also a World War II veteran.

Wood can give an account of what happened the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, just like it happened yesterday.

The 92-year-old talked about his experience Thursday afternoon while holding a Boston Terrier, whose name is Princess, on his lap.

Wood was a Marine stationed at Camp Catlin when the attack occurred.

The military camp was still under construction and soldiers were sleeping in tents out in the open.

“I had been at Pearl Harbor eight months to the day when Japan attacked,” he said. “I had just come from breakfast. I hadn’t been in the tent very long when I heard some of the boys talking about seeing anti-aircraft  fire.”

Wood, who was 21 at the time, looked out of the tent and saw airplanes flying down the harbor from Honolulu.

“They were peeling off and diving,” he said.

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