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Big Sandy Native Remembers Pearl Harbor Bombings

Big Sandy Native Remembers Pearl Harbor Bombings

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LONGVIEW (KYTX) - December 7th, 1941, Black says he was doing what he always did early in the morning.                                                                                                                                         "My friend held the rope, and ran the flag up. And it was that time I was raising the flag that the Japanese came from every direction"

Black was on board the U-S-S Tennessee at the time of the bombings.
"They came from over head, from around the ship"
He says he saw many of his comrades go down, and questioned if he would see his family again.
"The pilot was in the front, and the gunner was in the back. And once that gunner saw me, he swung that machine gun around."
He says the attack happened so quickly, there was no time to think.
"Kevin and I ducked behind this iron, and the bullets just bounced off. No harm was done."
The planes disappeared as quickly as they arrived, and after the dust settled Wiley found a deeper faith.
"It really put my faith in God. No matter what I go through, he is there for me."
Black says he hated the war but the love for his country kept him going.
Today, Wiley spends his free time in front of empty canvases and paints patriotic masterpieces like these.
"I am just glad that the blessed ole USA is here still here today. And things didn't turn out like the Japanese really thought they would turn out"
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