EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Pearl Harbor Day is remembered locally and across the nation on December 7th.
Ed Borucki of Southampton was aboard the U.S.S. Helena when Japanese planes attacked.
“I remember the general alarm sounded, man your battle stations, Jap planes attacking, break out service ammunition, this is no drill,” says Borucki.
Borucki remembers how close he came to getting killed.
“I was in the engineering office when the general alarm was sounded and dashed to my battle station, if I stayed there another 30 seconds I would have been killed because a torpedo hit the forward engine right below my office,” says Borucki.
After the all clear was sounded, Ed Borucki helped carry out the dead and wounded,”Fr. Murphy was giving last rites to the sailors who were dying, that’s what I remember, 33 shipmates killed, among the 2,390 Americans on a day of infamy,” says Borucki.
It was fitting that on this day, Ed Borucki lead the local group of veterans and community members to the Pearl Harbor Veterans bridge in Easthampton where he dropped a wreath of flowers into the water.
Besides Pearl Harbor survivor Ed Borucki, other veterans attended this ceremony as well, and they say December 7, 1941 is a day that no one should ever forget.
“Basically we’re here to honor the previous veterans and other generation who were caught unawares and wound up committing totally in many cases their lives to the defense of this country,” says Vietnam War Veteran Joe Grabon.
And 92-year old Ed Borucki has a message for the community on Pearl Harbor day,”Remember Pearl Harbor so it won’t happen again, so be ready all the time, we were not ready then and I hope we are ready and stay ready for the future,” says Borucki.
A message that was repeated across the nation on this December 7th.