The Pryor Times

December 6, 2012

Museum recognizes Pearl Harbor attack

Associated Press

— (AP) — The “Day of Infamy” is recognizable to many Oklahomans with memory of World War II, and Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher will feature an exhibit on Friday recognizing the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Museum Director Adam Lynn said there will be many exhibits relating to the attack, along with sound recordings and photographs.

Lynn said the exhibit was acquired from the WWII museum in New Orleans and will detail the attack by Japanese forces on Pearl Harbor. Local American Legion representatives and World War II re-enactors from the 45th Infantry Museum in Oklahoma City will be included with the exhibit.

World War II-era food and refreshments will be available, along with sound recordings and artifacts from the period. Some local artifacts also will be featured.

There will be a short film on individuals who survived the attack, and three other interviews of people who fought in the war from Kingfisher County.

Oral histories will be part of it, and also telling the story will be 62 pages of photos, plus a narrative of the attack. Sound recordings will be on some panels, including a complete recording of President Franklin Roosevelt making his “Day of Infamy” speech to Congress the following day.

Two Kingfisher cousins, Robert and Chester Jech, plan to be at the exhibit. They have vivid memories of where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news about Pearl Harbor.

“I was sitting at the kitchen table using a typewriter, getting copies for my high school lessons,” said Chester Jech. “I heard it on the radio ... I thought, ‘Boy, you’re headed over there.’”