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WWII veteran: Pearl Harbor was "utter devastation"

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Dozens of local people came out to the USS North Carolina to remember Pearl Harbor. Dozens of local people came out to the USS North Carolina to remember Pearl Harbor.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It's been more than 70 years since Pearl Harbor, but locals in our area said it's hard to forget the fight.

Dozens of people gathered at the USS North Carolina at Battleship Park to honor those involved in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

"As President Roosevelt said the day went down in infamy and that's exactly how I feel now," said Ed Clay.

Clay is a World War II veteran and still remembers how scary that day was in December.

"Utter devastation" is how Clay described it. "Ships still burning, bodies coming out of the deep and everyone was in a state of shock."

The images not only remain in his head, but in the memories of thousands of other who were there that day and for the entire world.

World War II B-17 Flying Fortress bomber pilot Robert C. Newman, Jr., was the keynote speaker at Friday's event.

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