Searing memories for last Minn. survivor of USS Arizona

  • Article by: JIM ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2012 - 3:48 PM

95-year-old Edward Wentzlaff recalls the chaos and the carnage of that fateful day 71 years ago at Pearl Harbor.

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BallFourDec. 6, 1211:19 PM

Great story.

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BatteryDec. 6, 1211:26 PM

It's time to get out my copy of Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation and do a little reading. I doubt if Ed Wentzlaff is in there, but he could have been.

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groovemonkeyDec. 7, 12 2:36 AM

Thank you for your service to the United States and dedication to your shipmates, Edward. You are a World-Class human being.

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oxboardDec. 7, 12 6:03 AM

Mr.Wentzlaff as a sailor from the viet nam era, who was aboard the Forestall when it blew up in the south china sea, I salute you pause to remember. Thanks for your service

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dewarfDec. 7, 12 8:56 AM

Nice story. Mr. Wentzlaff was certainly part of "The Greatest Generation".

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northhillDec. 7, 12 9:06 AM

Excellent story! December 7th should never be forgotten by Americans.Mr Wentzlaff again thank you for your service to your nation.It is believed that the Japanese pilot who dropped the bomb on the USS Arizona was killed during the Japanese Invasion of Wake Island later in December of 1941.His aircraft was shot down by US Marine fighters or ground fire.

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notalltruthDec. 7, 12 9:07 AM

A true American hero. We thank you for your service and the sacrifices that you've made for our country.

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isphgolfDec. 7, 12 9:20 AM

Thanks for your service. You are a truly great person.

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philpyramDec. 7, 12 9:23 AM

It just makes you want to cry, listening to stories from that horrible day. Over all, it reinforces the ultimate evil of starting wars.

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halbieDec. 7, 1210:18 AM

"You just did what you had to do." So many from that generation reiterate that line including my Dad who served on the USS Pennsylvania. Thank you Mr. Wentzlaff and all who have served!

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