Although John J. Latko rarely spoke about the events he witnessed at Pearl Harbor in the first 50 years after it happened, the experience shaped who he was and decisions he made.
The research to write stories about the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor inadvertently became a race against time.
They were members of what one day would be called America's Greatest Generation. But on the day Japanese bombers launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, they were just young men and boys caught in a pivotal moment in American history.
Dec. 7, 1941, and Sept. 11, 2001, are days that changed America. Some local residents have the distinction of living through both.
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