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Dec. 11: Remembering Pearl Harbor

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A KSL Special Report from Hawaii commemorating the 70th anniversary hosted by News Specialist John Hollenhorst.

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We are going to re-live that day with Pearl Harbor survivors and a group of high school students from Timpview High School. They spent a year trying to understand the significance of that dark day and the culmination of their work brought them here to Hawaii for a special performance. As you'll see the experience transformed their lives and deeply moved the veterans they honored.

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Emmett "Cyclone" Davis was one of the few American pilots to scramble a plane into the air during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor - 70 years ago. He shared his vivid memories of those initial, desperate minutes.

When it became clear that the nation was heading into World War II, several service organizations mobilized to support the military. They became the USO. A young woman from Price, Utah was among those serving with the USO in Hawaii the day the Japanese attacked. Her children shared some of her USO experiences.

Shortly after the bombs dropped on Pearl Harbor construction started on a steel plant in a cow pasture next to Utah Lake. It soon became the largest war-time building project in the nation.

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Pearl Harbor sent America to war and motivated many young men to enlist. Keith Montague was a senior at the University of Utah and became a Hell Cat pilot in the navy. He documented his war experience through illustrations. Bruce Lindsay shows us his unique journal.

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