MOUNT VERNON — President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Dec. 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy” and 76 years later his words ring true.

The entire nation was sent reeling at news of the attack and the Mount Vernon News was there to make note of it all.

Several residents of Mount Vernon and Knox County, and their relatives, were in war areas during the attack according to one report published on Monday, Dec. 8, 1941. Charles Gray, who lived on East Vine Street, was in Honolulu with the Army medical service. Horace Paul Ramey, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Blinn Ramey of Centerburg, and Will Pumphrey, who lived on East Chestnut Street, were with the Navy serving at Pearl Harbor.

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