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Pearl Harbor survivor to students: 'War is hell'

Posted December 9, 2010
Updated December 10, 2010

— A Pearl Harbor survivor from Fuquay-Varina hopes that his story of the day that lives in infamy will teach young people about the value of peace.

James Bullock was a U.S. Marine when the Japanese navy attacked the U.S. Pearl Harbor military base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941.

"The high-level bombers were coming in. You could see them dropping the bombs," Bullock said when describing the attack to students at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh Thursday.

More than 2,400 U.S. service members were killed, and nearly 1,300 wounded. The attack propelled the United States into World War II.

Bullock said he wanted students to know that war isn't like a movie or video game.

"Bodies burned, mangled, disfigured – that's war," he said.

Students took the lesson to heart and said they were thankful that Bullock's generation rose to the challenge.

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"(WWII veterans) do not like to talk about their experiences, but when they do, they touch everyone," student Alison Glaser said.

"If it wasn't for what they did, then we wouldn't be where we are today as a country – united and free," student Greg Murray said.

Bullock said he hopes his story gets students to pay attention and think critically about what's happening in the world.

"And to make up their minds, is there something that can be done that hasn't been done to have peace instead of war?" he said.

"I would ask you the question, is war hell? You'll determine that one day."


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  • grnpnd7 Dec 10, 2010

    MT.Net; if you will re-read the story, his first name is James.

  • grnpnd7 Dec 10, 2010

    Corey3rd; you need to read your history book.

  • supashortie16 Dec 10, 2010

    I am the daughter of James D. Lancaster who passed away this year. He was the ONLY living survivor aboard the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. My father survived the horrible attack and had many stories to tell. Its no "love story" for sure. My father didnt speak of the war for years. He told me a many of times, he was just doing his job. He was honored for his bravery but every man and woman in military who serve our country or who has served deserves to be honored. Thank you for all you do!

  • Big Mike Dec 9, 2010

    Killing each other in war is never something you want to talk about. It's the sick side of humanity. It's something that sticks with you 24/7 once you have been involved...I know..I was there in Vietnam and Cambodia with the First Air Cavalry.

    Pearl Harbor, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Pakastan......dying ain't much of a living......God Bless our brave men and women.

  • noreplytome2 Dec 9, 2010

    Sez Who- RIGHT ON! Too many take too much for granted. Far to few choose to serve, and even fewer do little more than celebrate those people one or two days a year when their calender dictates. This country was founded by armed men with principles and honor, and remains free by the same.

  • Sez Who Dec 9, 2010

    Davido...You want to know how many of our sons and daughters are going to be killed? As many as it takes.
    You want to know how many billions of dollars will be spent? As many as it takes.
    You want to know "for what"? Simple...so more-ons like you can remain free enough to write your liberal K-wrap.
    You want peace on Earth? You can't have it without war and you don't deserve it unless you're willing to fight for it.

  • corey3rd Dec 9, 2010

    this article is so wrong. We all know the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor

  • treki70 Dec 9, 2010

    ok guys if it happened today no matter the country would YOU go to war?

  • u stand corrected Dec 9, 2010

    He'd apologize to the Japanese for us taking action in retaliation. How dare us.
    You're wrong and clueless.
    Semper Fi

  • davido Dec 9, 2010

    BT-BU73: "I hope that America never forgets that freedom isn't free."

    Well sure, this is true, but these words are typically used to justify whatever military involvement we are pushing at the moment. War isn't free either. How many of our sons and daughters are going to be killed, injured, and scarred? How many billions of our tax dollars are we spending and for what?

    If you are a soldier in service to our country, hats off to you! Hope you all make it home safe and soon.