“What happened on that day is tattooed on your soul.”

On December 7, 1941, thousands were killed when the Japanese bombed the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii.

Frank Curre was still a teenager then. He had enlisted just the year before and ended up at Pearl Harbor aboard the U.S.S. Tennessee.

At StoryCorps, Frank remembered how he got from his Texas hometown to an island in the Pacific Ocean.

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Recorded in Waco, Texas

To see a video about the Pearl Harbor attacks,
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Frank Curre died on December 7, 2011—the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. To read his obituary, click here.

Produced by Michael Garofalo
Facilitated by Dana Glass
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In partnership with
Waco History Project