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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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