Fulton remembers World War II heroes

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FULTON - It was a special day at the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society in Fulton. Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, and the museum opened its doors for veterans and others affected by World War II.

One of the visitors of the day was Jack McBride of Fulton, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

“The day I heard about the bombing, I knew nothing about what Pearl Harbor was. But as the day went on I realized, that we were at war,” said McBride.

After the attacks he was drafted and served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946.

Today, he is 91 years old. He has very vivid memories of how the Navy worked back then – and how it was to be a black soldier during that period.

“Even though we were first rank soldiers, we were seen as second rank citizens. It was tough, man,” said McBride.

Another visitor at the open house event was Jim Davis, who is the brother of the first Callaway County man who died in World War II. The museum recorded Jim Davis’ stories and memories as a part of an effort to try and orally document the history of the county.

To the museum, it is vital to get first hand experiences from its local community. 

“It is good to hear their stories. And it is good to record history. We feel it is especially important to remember our veterans and thank them for their service,” said Barbara Huddlestone, museum director at the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society.

Throughout Missouri local and state government building flags were at half staff in remembrance of the Pearl Harbor attacks.