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Pearl Harbor survivor looks back on 72-year anniversary

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Sun City Center- Saturday marked the anniversary of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

That attack launched the U.S. into World War II.

Ceremonies were held across the nation honoring those who lost their lives and the brave veterans who lived to tell their stories. 84,000 people were there during the attack and only 3,000 of them are still alive today.

One of them lives in Sun City Center. 92-year-old Ed Socha was standing on the USS Oklahoma on December 7, 1941. He says around 8 o'clock that morning he saw the first plane drop a torpedo from the air.

He says, all of a sudden, he realized the ships were under attack. He says bombs were flying everywhere, fire erupted, and thousands ran for their lives.

He says he's lucky -- one of the ones that survived.

"It can't be forgotten. I always say remember and you wonder how many people know what Pearl Harbor is," says Socha.

Socha retired as a commander in the Navy after 27 years in the service.


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