Walt Tucker, a Pearl Harbor survivor recently spoke with a few 5th graders at Tommie Barfield Elementary. Walt described how the military dropped sacks of flour for training exercises. One morning, they heard the planes coming and when he looked up, he saw big ‘meatballs’ on the planes. He knew right away this wasn’t a drill, the meatballs were emblems from the Japanese flag.
Walt took as much cover as possible from a nearby palm tree as he watched tracer bullets hitting the ground next to him. Walt went on to say how we lost 5000 men that day! Fifth grade teacher Mrs. Hoffman, explained the old adage ‘History Repeats Itself’. She instructed her students, “Never Forget!” Coastal Breeze News hopes to feature Walt in detail in the ongoing ‘Salute to Veterans’ series.