Lincolntonâ€™s Joe Leonard will be highlighted during a newscast on WSOC-TV Tuesday for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Leonard was at Fort DeRussy, 10-12 miles from Pearl Harbor, when Japanese fighters made their attack Dec. 7, 1941.
The morning of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Leonard saw smoke from burning ships and heard bombs exploding.
Japanese planes hit just before 8 a.m. Within a short time five of eight battleships at Pearl Harbor were sunk or sinking, with the rest damaged. Several other ships and most Hawaii-based combat planes were also knocked out and more than 2,400 Americans were dead.
The day after the bombings, Leonard saw the devastation at Hickam Field. He will describe the events of the day to a reporter tomorrow for the TV report.
Each year around Dec. 7, named Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Leonard becomes a local celebrity. He has been interviewed for news segments and documentaries.by Staff Reports