WWII Navy storekeeper Eldon Baxter was on the quarterdeck of the USS West Virginia when Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. The planes flew so low the ship’s crew members could see the Japanese pilots, who were targeting a submarine base a short distance from the ship.
The ship was hit and severely damaged. And to add to the ensuing chaos, Mr. Baxter was reported killed and a funeral service was held before he could contact his family
He will relate his thoughts and feelings about his reaction to the attack at a Pearl Harbor observance at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2nd, at the American Legion, 515 W. 1st Ave., Milan.
The public and veterans of all wars are invited to attend. Reservations are not needed.
A military meal of creamed beef on toast will be served following Mr. Baxter’s presentation. There is no charge for the program, but freewill donations to help defray the meal cost will be appreciated.
This is the third year the Milan Legion has held a Pearl Harbor observance. Contact the Milan Legion at 309-787-4149 for more information.