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Smart Talk: Pearl Harbor 72 years later; Lancaster historic holiday event

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 5, 2013 11:47 AM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, December 5, 2013:

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U.S.S. Arizona

At 7:55 a.m. on Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japan attacked the American Pacific Naval Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The next day, President Franklin Roosevelt famously said in a speech before Congress and the nation that December 7th would live, "as a day of infamy." 

The bombing of Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II.  It also was one of the defining events in American history.

More than 2,400 Americans were killed and another 1,300 wounded.

Thousands survived the attack and went on to help the U.S. defeat Japan and Germany to win the war.

Seventy-two years later, there are not many Pearl Harbor survivors left.

One of the heroes of Pearl Harbor will be with us on Thursday's Smart Talk.


Brig. Gen. Harold Nelson (left) and Maj. Henry Heim (right)


Maj. Hank Heim

Retired Maj. Henry Heim makes his home in Central Pennsylvania.  He was a machine gunner at Pearl Harbor and has quite a story to tell.

We also are honored to have retired Brig. Gen. Harold Nelson as a guest on the program. Gen. Nelson is the former Chief of Military History for the U.S. Army.

Finally, we'll hear about a special holiday event planned for First Friday in downtown Lancaster by the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County.

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