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Pearl Harbor Survivors: South Dakota Stories (Watch President Roosevelt’s Speech, Background Information & More
): Once there were more than 50 members left in the South Dakota Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. In May, 2000, when SDPB interviewed them for this documentary, there were just 19. Each was there on the historic "day which will live in infamy." Dec. 7, 1941 when a Japanese surprise attack on Oahu left thousands dead and injured and catapulted the United States into World War II. SDPB Television has recorded the breathtaking stories of nine of these men for posterity in Pearl Harbor Survivors: South Dakota Stories. The special includes the exploits of men like David Smith of Colman, who crawled up the deck of his ship as the torpedoed vessel rolled over, then slid down the side into the water. And Darrel Christopherson of Vermillion who recalls the bombing of his ship, which the crew beached on mud flats to prevent its sinking. The hour-long documentary also explores their backgrounds, their military experiences and their feelings during the chaos of the Oahu attacks.