Sunday, May 26, 2013

Veteran Jesse Dunnagan "It was like an inferno. I couldn't believe it. It was a nightmare."


Back in 1991, I had the honor of photographing Jesse Dunnagan, survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on the 60th anniversary. 
"It was like an inferno. I couldn't believe it. It was a nightmare." said Dunnagan. 
He was serving as gun director on the broadside guns of the USS California when the ship was bombed.  The next day he swam back to the wreck to retrieve his belongings and pulled out his scrapbook of photographs. Dunnagan passed away this month at 92. He served in the Navy for 30 years and in three wars, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Click here for his obituaryClick here for his first hand account in the Library of Congress.

Let us not forget the real reason why there is a memorial day weekend.