LISTEN to this edition of Hometown Heroes
Episode #396 of Hometown Heroes marks the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor by featuring the memories of three sailors from three different ships that were there on that fateful day.
A 21-year-old from Alabama named Russel Winsett was on the battleship USS Pennsylvania, which was in dry dock. You’ll hear him remember how the attack unfolded from his perspective, and how he fired a way from his machine gun on the battleship’s foremast.
Mr. Winsett shared his story with Hometown Heroes in late 2014 in Bonita Springs, FL.
He passed away in February 2015. You can read his obituary HERE.
Sam Fryefield was a few weeks shy of his 20th birthday aboard the light cruiser USS Detroit. You’ll hear the California native explain how he experienced the attack, what duties he had, and how close the Detroit came to taking a direct hit from a torpedo.
Fryefield is still going strong in Eugene, OR and will celebrate his 94th birthday just after Christmas.
Richard “Swede” Artley and his older brother, Daryle, were both on the battleship USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor. You’ll hear Artley describe how he was trapped in the capsized hull of the Oklahoma for 34 hours before being rescued.
The 19-year-old from Nebraska was very thankful to survive, but among the 429 lost on the Oklahoma that day were his brother Daryle and one of his best friends, Francis Dick.
Artley shared his story in Lewiston, ID in 2011, less than three weeks before concluding a brave battle with cancer.
You can read Swede’s obituary HERE.