Eye Witnesses

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Richard Fiske and his former enemy, Zenji Abe, at the 60th anniversary of the attack

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Richard’s bugle and two red roses, which he took monthly to the Arizona Memorial and “sounded” taps for more than 10 years.

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Standing proudly at the USS Arizona memorial wall, Richard Fiske plays his bugle, honoring those who died in the attack.

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Lt. Zenji Abe, Japanese bomber pilot, with his former enemy, Sgt. Richard Fiske, from the cover of my Pearl Harbor Warriors book.

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Zenji Abe with his plane on the deck of the Japanese aircraft carrier, Akagi.

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Zenji Abe pats the “Pearl Harbor Warriors” book when seeing it for the first time at his home in Japan.

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Lee Soucy, as he looked in 1941, with his ship, the USS Utah, in the distance.

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Above: Lee gave me a big hug each time we saw each other.

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Until his recent death, Lee returned to Pearl Harbor often, taking part and sharing his story with visitors, often standing here with his sunken ship close by.

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Thompson Izawa, a Japanese-American neighbor who lived near my family on the Pearl City Peninsula across from Ford Island.

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Thompson and his father were fishing in Pearl Harbor when the first Japanese planes bombed the USS Utah directly in front of them.

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Note: the rest of Thompson’s story, with other survivor stories, is featured in my Pearl Harbor Child book

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