Survivor of 1941 surprise attack to return to scene for 68th anniversary
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Ed Johann was a 17-year-old sailor on duty in Pearl Harbor
on the morning it was attacked, Dec. 7, 1941.
Johann, seen in this Oct. photo from
Countrytraveleronline.com, continued to
save peoples lives for the next 30 years
as a career fireman and as a volunteer
member of a mountain rescue team.
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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Ed Johann will always remember the sound of planes diving out of the sky to bomb
U.S. battleships, the explosions and the screams of sailors. He still recalls the stench of burning oil and flesh.
The 86-year-old retired firefighter is due to return to Pearl Harbor Monday for the first time since World War II
to attend a ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of the Japanese attack.
"I really don’t know how I’m going to handle it," said Johann, from his home in Oregon. "When I think about it,
all I have is unpleasantness. I’m sure it’s not like that now."