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World War II (1939-1945)
Pearl Harbor ceremony planned aboard Cutter Taney at Inner Harbor
Pearl Harbor ceremony planned aboard Cutter Taney at Inner Harbor

Harper Griswold was a teenager when the Japanese bombed the Pearl Harbor Naval Base on Dec. 7, 1941. Living in an isolated, mostly rural area in Connecticut, he knew little about the attack. "I didn't comprehend what was happening," said Griswold, 89, a World War II veteran now living at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville. "A lot of people didn't know what Pearl Harbor was or where it was." The significance hit home for Griswold after he joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and, two years later, saw the destruction of war up close, stationed offshore from Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. "We could hear the machine gunfire and artillery,"...

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