Pearl Harbor Survivor Shares With Students
The North Buncombe Blackhawk band is preparing for the trip of a lifetime by getting a better sense of history.
"Boom, boom, boom!" says Pearl Harbor survivor Harley Jolley. "We heard explosions that woke us up. My roommate says that damned navy is at it again."
In December, the Blackhawk will embark on a trip to Hawaii for the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. They invited Jolley to give them an important perspective.
Jolley says he quickly realized it was the Japanese navy. He was just 21, serving in the Army Air Corps.
"Pandemonium all across the area there boom, boom, boom," he says. "Our airplanes are gone. Our ships are busted. "
Jolley tells us the attack is vivid in his mind. He's never visited the World War II memorial because he says the past is too painful. Despite that, he he says it's important to share those war stories with younger generations.
The Blackhawk band still has hundreds of thousands of dollars to raise before their trip. It will cost an estimated 2200 dollars per student.