Bethel Heroes Chapter 636 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held its December meeting at the Braswell Memorial Library. Guest speaker was Dr. Thomas Barrett. His subject was about Pearl Harbor and other wars that the United States has been engaged in.
“In 1754, the American people started on a journey of 250 years of wars. It began with the French & Indian War in 1754. Other wars the United States were involved in were the American Revolution (1775-1783), War of 1812, Texas War of Independence (1836) Mexican War (1846-1848) Civil War (1861-1865), Spanish American War (1898), World War I (1914-1918), World War II (1941-1945), Korean War (1950-1953), Vietnam War ( 1959-1975), as well as the more recent wars that have occurred in the Middle East.”
The most memorable war for. Barrett was World War II. He was serving in the Navy and was stationed at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.
He spoke about the mass confusion that occurred when the bombing began and the destruction that was done in such a short time. As a shallow water diver, it became his duty to dive down to some of the sunken or damaged ships. He remarked that the sights he saw on that morning still haunt him today.
His last words were to “Pray for peace, because freedom is not free”.