Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pearl Harbor Vet Honored in Pennsylvania

From the March 30, Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Morning Call by Steve Egack.

JIM MURDY, 94.  His wit and profanity still flows.  On December 7, 1941, he was on the light cruiser USS Helena when he heard the alarm on the ship and thought it was just some officer;s idea for training and uttered, "You dirty bastards, we are supposed to be off.  I didn't know what was going on."

He served four years in the war and wouldn't talk about his experiences, but now he does on a regular bases.

Also honored was World War II veteran LaRohn "Dan" Deysher, a 1939 Liberty High School graduate.  He joined the Navy in 1942 and served on the battleship USS Pennsylvania in the Pacific Theater.  He was at the Battle of Surigao Strait and other engagements.

--GreGen

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