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Bruce Atwater was getting ready to go to a prayer breakfast on Sept. 11, 2001, when terror struck. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Attacks evoke memories of Pearl Harbor

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Bruce Atwater of Bemidji was sweeping out a recreation hall at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the third day after his ship landed.

"I was contemplating cleaning the spittoons, but I never got to that," he said.

When he heard planes overhead, he ran to the rec hall entryway and looked up.

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