Pearl Harbor survivor recognized in Beloit, recalls attacks

BELOIT Wis. (WIFR) - Stan VanHoose is one of the last remaining Stateline survivors who was aboard the USS Maryland 77 years ago.

"I was one of the men on the battleship Maryland when Pearl Harbor hit," said VanHoose.

VanHoose, originally from Kentucky, says the day of the Pearl Harbor attack he wasn't scheduled to work until noon. The start of the attack is what woke him.

"Just as I woke up I saw a plane coming down the aisle and he says we are being attacked. It didn't take me an hour to get dressed. About five minutes and I was ready,” said VanHoose.

VanHoose was onboard the USS Maryland, which was attached to the USS Oklahoma that tipped over and was only two ships behind the USS Arizona which exploded. After the attack he went on to fight in a total of seven battles during world war two.

"I was a navy man all through the war. I was on four different ships and I volunteered for every job I could, “said VanHoose.

VanHoose, who lives at a senior living home in Beloit Wisconsin, is speaking at an educational program in Fort Atkinson Wisconsin tonight with members of Vets Roll, an organization that works with veterans to remember the day.

In other parts of the Stateline ceremonies honored veterans like VanHoose who was part of the battle.

"3,500 guys died that day and this should be remembered for all our future generations," said Bill Graves, commander, VFW Post 2955.

At 11:58 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2955 in Roscoe marked the moment the attack and another fight for democracy began.

"Democracy was challenged it really was. Had we not entered the war we might have a whole different type of government in the country and actually the world," said Graves.