1966 DEC 7 CLIP ONE
Pearl Stirs Memories Group Observes Anniversary - via Telephone John W. Allen, 318 Armory Place, is-the last .Sault Ste. Marie Marie member of fan "exclusive, group which has only five members, all former U.P. residents who were stationed at Pearl'Harbor on Dec. 7. 1941. Last night the five observed the 25th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by contacting each other via long distance telephone. telephone. Other members of the group are former Sault residents John Matheson of Carbondale, 111., and John Burtt, now living in the state of Washington, Herb Smith of Tucson, Arizonia, and Douglas Allen of Ironwood. th2 only member not from the Sault. From state capitals to college college campuses, in churches, and on highways, millions of Americans remembered Pearl Harbor today on the 25th anniversary anniversary of the Japanese attack that brought the United States into World War II. Some of the observances took note of the Viet Nam war. The original group, who used to gather each Sunday at Pearl Harbor, included Harry Madigan Madigan and Jack Reinhari of the Sault, and a Mr. Weston of Cedarville, now all deceased. The eight U.P. men serving in Hawaii in pre-war days would get together on off-duty hours for a ball game and a snack and some talk about their northwoods homeland. At 7:55 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, aboard the battleship West Virginia, Warrant Officer John W. Allen, bos'n mate of ths watch, was going to get some breakfast, and 18-year-old seaman seaman John Matheson was waiting for the liberty boat, looking forward forward to a day's shore leave in Honolulu. Allen thought the first planes were making test runs on Ford Island, and Matheson believed the alarm to be a routine procedure. procedure. Moments later the burning burning West Virginia was being abandoned, with Matheson scrambling over the side for the short swim to Ford Island. Allen, with shrapnel wounds, jumped into the.blazing oil-coated water which burned off his hair and eyelashes, and was picked up by the destroyer Mudford. which set off on a high speed run to hunt submarines. "We got one," says Allen. "But we lost 3200 men in those first few minutes." Allen stayed on the Mudtord, which was assigned to sea most of the time, and with mail delivery delivery uncertain, no word of his whereabouts was received by his family, who believed him to be missing in action until June of 1942. Matheson was assigned to the cruiser Minneapolis, which later pulled some, former West Virginia Virginia shipmates out of the Cor. Sea when the'carrier Lexington was sunk. Wailing in the Saull were" Allen's parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. William Allen, and "his .fiancee, .fiancee, Anetta Crawford of Don* aldson, whom. he married when he returned on leave in Feb of 1944. The Aliens now have seven children.