Veteran living in Sykesville recalls infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, 76 years later

Veteran living in Sykesville recalls infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, 76 years later

“Bombing. Second wave. Arizona. Oklahoma. Ships exploding. Hickham on fire.

“At 30 words per minute, Pfc. John Looser fastidiously deciphered these words from mere tones on Dec. 7, 1941. The messages were choppy but the words led him to believe the Japanese were attacking Pearl Harbor.

“Looser, who was stationed at Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan, ran into the hangar to tell his friends and fellow soldiers what he had heard. They all laughed and told him he must have had a bad night. They assured him that someone must be doing a maneuvering exercise, that he was on the wrong station, or that he was copying a Hollywood movie.

“Looser, now an Integrace Fairhaven resident in Sykesville, returned to the radio shop and resumed coding. Sirens began to wail and Looser remembers that an announcement was made for everyone to report to their duty stations ‘on the double, no formations.'”

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