100-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor recalls attack

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 07:36 PM.

Three days after the attack, he attended to another memorable victim, a sailor dripping in oil who had been rescued from the keel of the capsized USS Oklahoma. He had been in chest-deep fuel until he was found.

“He represented resurrection from the dead if I ever saw it,” he recalled.

Shortly thereafter, Isabel returned to the states and the two did not communicate again for many months. His ship departed Pearl for other points in the South Pacific.

Before his discharge in 1945, he was in charge of the officers’ ward at the 103rd Fleet Hospital in Guam.

He treated American POWs and observed first-hand what they had encountered at the hands of the Japanese.

“They all had at least two to four intestinal worms and all were (down) 20 to 40 pounds,” he said. “There was a lot of tuberculosis.”

From talking with the men, he found they had been fed once a day, what he called “a bowl of slop that couldn’t have had more than 400 calories.”

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