Local Veterans remember Pearl Harbor

By Beau Ebenezer

December 7, 2012 Updated Dec 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM CDT

CHILLICOTHE Ill -- It's been 71 years since thousands of Americans were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

World War II Veterans looked back on the tragic day and their personal experience serving our country.

For many United States Veterans, December 7th, 1941 is a day they will never forget.

More than 2,000 Americans were killed with more than 1,000 injured.

Veteran U.S. Army Sergeant Technician, Bill Allington, was only nineteen years old when he first heard the news.

"Some guy came in at about two o'clock in the afternoon and said, did you hear about the Japs bombing Pearl Harbor? And I said where in the world is Pearl Harbor? I never heard about it, but we heard about it the next day."

Allington said he soon realized his only option was to serve his country.

"What did I know about world policies or the war. We just knew what was happening and we had to go," said Allington.

While Allington risked his life primarily working on vehicles right in the middle of the war, he remained humble about his duties, paying homage to those who lost their lives.

"They were the heroes, the ones that lost their lives. I had some classmates who died in the service. They were killed or missing and you kind of think about that once in awhile," said Allington.

Another World War 2 Veteran out of Peoria explained how important it is to remember those who were lost at Pearl Harbor.

"If we don't remember we wouldn't be here today for one thing ya know. We had to go through all that that the young ones never had to go through and they should remember," said World War II Veteran, Robert Davis.

For Veteran's like Allington, it's not something he would particularly do again, but something he'll never forget.

"It was a good experience and it was what you were supposed to do. But I was glad to get home" said Allington.

On Saturday, Representative Gordon-Booth will be joined by local dignitaries to offer free pancake and sausage breakfasts in remembrance of Pearl Harbor, and the sacrifices of all veterans.

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