Chattanooga veteran honors, remembers Pearl Harbor attack

The "day that will live in infamy" occured 81 years ago today

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Today marks the 81st anniversary of Pearl Harbor here in the United States — “a day that will live in infamy.”

Retired Navy Capt. Mickey McCamish was born in 1942 — one year after the tragic events unfolded.

McCamish says the impact of Pearl Harbor was felt deeply throughout his family, as his father served in the U.S. Army.

He believes it’s a day that should be honored annually and never forgotten.

“Here, 81 years later, we enjoy the freedoms that we have today as a result of the sacrifices that were made during World War II and at Pearl Harbor,” McCamish said. “Aboard the USS Arizona, there [were] over 1,100 sailors that perished on that day.”

McCamish says he remembers the strong unity that the nation had following the bombings more than anything.

He says America fought back in World War II with “grit and resilience.”

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