Dorris Eakin
Virgil Norris

MOUNT VERNON — The Sunday morning attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, is slowly becoming an event that only history books remember. But on this, the 76th anniversary, some Knox County citizens can still remember where they were and how it felt to hear that the U.S. was officially entering World War II.

Dorris Eakin, a resident of Knox County for the past 60 years, was 7 at the time of the attack living in Pennsylvania. She said she couldn’t remember much at all about that day but was given a first hand account by a family friend. Several years ago, she and her husband went on a trip to Hawaii with family friends, Paul Baseler and his wife, who she knew from her time in Pennsylvania. Baseler, 18 at the time, was at Pearl Harbor the morning of the attack and recalled to Eakin on their trip that he was one of the lookouts at an airport.

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