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Pearl Harbor survivor Bruce Atwater of Bemidj talks at a luncheon held in his honor Friday. Atwater served during World War II as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. Besides living through the attack on Pearl Harbor, Atwater saw combat in the Pacific theater as a crew member on the cutter Reliance. Zach Kayser | Bemidji Pioneer

A witness to history: Bemidji man recalls attack on Pearl Harbor

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BEMIDJI — Seventy-two years ago today, Bruce Atwater was assigned to sweep out an officer’s recreation hall at the U.S. Navy base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.


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Zach Kayser
Zach Kayser covers local government and city issues for the Pioneer. He previously worked for the Wadena Pioneer Journal, and is an alumni of the University of Minnesota, Morris. 
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