On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing more than 2,300 Americans. The following day, in an address to a joint session of Congress, President Franklin Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy.” Congress then declared War on Japan, which ushered the United States into World War II.
LNP reporter Tom Knapp interviewed Willow Valley Communities resident Mike Corrado this week. Mike’s brother, Carmine, was stationed at Pearl Harbor 76 years ago .
Carmine Corrado had a harrowing experience while stationed at Pearl Harbor. He was serving on the USS Oklahoma which capsized during the attack. He and 17 other men were trapped with just inches of airspace in the hull of the capsized ship. They frantically began to bang on the walls. Fortunately Navy divers heard the sounds and were able to use a torch to burn a hole in the hull to rescue them. Carmine survived but was badly injured and taken to a hospital. It was 4 months later when the Corrado family were notified that Carmine had survived the attack.
Tom Knapp’s article about Mr Corrado and his family connection to the Pearl Harbor attack and WWII was published on the front page today in LNP.
An online version of the article, including a video of Willow Valley Communities resident Mike Corrado discussing his WWII experiences can be accessed by clicking the title below: