Janet Yeager, For The Coal Valley News
May 28, 2013
MADISON -- The Madison Rotary Club was honored to have as their guests last Thursday three World War II veterans, Bob Peal, Wetzel Sanders, and Fred Duty. Sanders (in center with Peal and Duty), is a survivor of the Pearl Harbor bombing by the Japanese on December 7, 1941. He enlisted in the Army when he was only 17 years old and was immediately sent to Hawaii for boot camp. It was there on that fateful dayfour months after his 18th birthday-- when the surprise attack by the Japanese on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor resulted in more than 2,400 Americans dead, over 1,200 injured, 21 ships either sunk or damaged, and more than 188 U. S. aircraft destroyed.
The following day, the U.S. declared war on Japanofficially bringing the U.S. into World War II.
Sanders spoke about some of the experiences he had during and after the horrific attack. He said, however, There are some things I just cant talk about.
Sanders is 90 years old now, but memories of his life are still vivid in his mind and he shared many of them with the Rotarians who enjoyed his interesting program.
The three vets were guests of Rotarian Jim Cooke, at left in photo.
Thanks to all our veterans who bravely served in wars, and our current troops, for their service to preserve our freedoms. Lets remember them this Memorial Day, and every day.