WWII: Pearl Harbor to the Atomic Bomb

In this package marking the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II for the United States of America, The Daily Sentinel features the stories of some of those who were there. There are many, many more stories, and we still want to hear them, including those from relatives of now-deceased veterans who did pass on their accounts in one form or another. Click the name of the local veterans below to read their stories and view their video interviews. Or, you may browse stories from this special feature by using the links at the bottom of this page.

GJ residents remember Pearl Harbor to atomic bomb

Evie Smith wasn’t a sailor, soldier, nurse or even a Rosie the riveter. Seventy years ago, the Hawaii native and now Grand Junction resident was a young 21-year-old who was spending a … more

Profile: Quentin Pershing DeVore

In October 1941, Gen. Douglas McArthur welcomed Quentin Pershing DeVore and the rest of the men in the 7th Material Squadron, 19th Bomb Group at what was then known as Clark Field on the island … more

Profile: Jack Myers

Months before the Japanese navy attacked Pearl Harbor, and America was propelled into the war, radio operator Jack Myers was already cruising the Atlantic seas. At the time, the heavy cruiser … more

Profile: Ernest Anderson

Like so many others, Anderson saw his first combat in the worst possible place: Utah Beach on the Normandy peninsula on June 6, 1944, otherwise known as D-Day. “There was a … more

Profile: Art Gilbert

Gilbert was seconds away from boarding a ship to join Gen. George S. Patton’s forces in the Africa campaigns in the early part of the war against the Third Reich when he was pulled aside … more

Profile: Evie Smith

She was riding her horse high on the hill above Pearl Harbor, as she had many a morning, when the planes flew overhead. The 21-year-old didn’t think much of it at the time, but her quiet … more

Profile: Zane McMahan

Seventy years ago, Zane McMahan had the perfect build to be a diver: He was short, strong and possessed the stamina to spend long hours in dark, confining spaces. In the 1940s, diving … more

Profile: Don Brown

Don Brown was deep inside the battleship USS West Virginia when a Japanese plane dropped a torpedo that struck his ship on the port side. Pandemonium ensued. There were no portholes and no way … more

Profile: Joseph Merrill

Don’t think of a MASH outfit with misfit doctors, beautiful nurses and zany dress-wearing corpsmen. No. Think of a bomb-like shelter, not very sanitary conditions and … more

Profile: Joe Ruzycki

He was already in the midst of the bloodiest battle of the Pacific, but that’s not why Grand Junction resident Joe Ruzycki was on the Japanese island of Okinawa in 1945. He was there to … more



Share your WWII stories

The Daily Sentinel invites you to share your stories of the war, or stories told to you by a family member who was there. Submissions must be limited to no more than 500 words. Pictures are limited to more more than five. If you want to submit videos or audio recordings of veterans, please upload them to YouTube and send us the link.

The Sentinel reserves the right to edit entries.

Email your stories to warstories@gjsentinel.com
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