LITTLEFIELD, TX (KCBD) - On December 7th, 1941 about 360 Japanese warplanes attacked Pearl Harbor. Within two hours of the attack Japanese planes hit, sunk or severely damaged eight U-S battleships including the Arizona and 14 smaller ships.
Mike Cotter was stationed aboard the USS Maryland in Pearl Harbor and his wife, Nell Cotter, remembers his account of what happened that day."He said the first thing he remembered was hearing glass break and it was the planes search lights shooting out the glass," Nell said.
Mike survived the Pearl Harbor attack and years later became the President of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association in Lubbock. The Chapter has since closed, but Nell says the men who survived Pearl Harbor have bonds that are everlasting.
"One of the guys from his ship said I never had a brother and Mike was the brother I never had, when we were on the ship we were together and when we were on shore we were together, so they kept up with each other all of their lives," Nell said.
Mike Cotter died on September 16th 2008 and is survived by his wife Nell, four children, and two grandchildren. He received the Purple Heart for his service during the Pearl Harbor attacks.
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