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It has been 71 years since the day that will live in infamy, when more than 2,400 Americans lost their lives in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The people who died on Dec. 7, 1941, were pilots, radio operators and infantry men. Those who survived were quickly plunged into World War II.

On Friday, five San Antonio-area survivors came together to remember that day and hopefully pass on their memories.

They all have great stories, and they all remember how it all started.

One row of machine gun bullets went through the window about four feet from where I was sleeping, survivor Kenneth Platt said.

But now the numbers of surviving Pearl Harbor veterans are dwindling and the stories are few.

With fewer veterans of Pearl Harbor showing up every year to their annual gathering, they can only hope their stories are remembered.

There are other people that were before me that are no longer with us. Our group of survivors are getting smaller and smaller as each day goes by, said William St. John, who was a radio technician.

Andrew Cook is in ROTC at Roosevelt High School and said he feels lucky to hear his great-grandfather's stories about being a B-24 pilot at Pearl Harbor. Now he wants to follow in his footsteps.

I come (to the gathering) every year, and it s an honor to be here in the room with these people who served for the U.S., he said.

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