History moves like a fast-flowing river: Memories that once seemed close and unforgettable can quickly slip away and fade as they are pulled down the stream of time… unless they are protected.
That’s true even for world-changing events such as 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. The odds are that many people went about their day without even noticing that it was Dec. 7 — the “day that will live in infamy.”
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For Lt. Cmdr. Nathaniel “Nat” Harrison Jr., the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 was something he could never forget. He was serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Sumner… and that ship was moored in Hawaii when the Japanese attacked.
Harrison witnessed history as it unfolded, and he made sure to preserve his memories for future generations. However, it wasn’t until six decades after Pearl Harbor that his family realized just how many of those memories had been saved.
Years - Attack - Yesterday
It's been 76 years since the attack, but these recording make it seem just like yesterday...
“In 2001, Nathaniel Harrison III was helping pack up his mother’s home when he came across a suitcase under his dad’s bed. In it were relics his late father kept from the attack on Pearl Harbor,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
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“I had no idea what was in it,” recalled Harrison’s son, who goes by his nickname Cole. “Then, when I was packing up his stereo, mother said: ‘Well, what are you going to do with all those cassettes?’”
Those tapes contained something priceless: The late Navy veteran’s voice, dictating his memories of not just the famous attack, but also other recollections of his military service and his life.
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“A complete description of being in Pearl Harbor when it was attacked,” Cole explained about the tapes. “What took place on his ship. The description of the...