Pearl Harbor survivor recalls being trapped inside sinking Nevada

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by KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 11 at 12:03 PM

SPOKANE - KREM 2 News reporter Grace Pena interviews a Pearl Harbor survivor, who shared what it was like being trapped in the Nevada as it was sinking for two days.

Melvin McCune joined the Navy in 1939 at the age of 18. By 1941, he was working in the boiler room on the USS Nevada stationed at Pearl Harbor. He says he was in the ship folding his uniform on December 7, 1941, when the bombing began.

He says the Nevada was ordered to get out of the bay, but it was too late. The ship was already hit and sinking. McCune says he and many other sailors were submerged in water and stuck in the ship for two days before they were able to get out.

McCune tells the story how he and the people he was with got out in pitch black conditions. He says they had to push open a 9-inch steel door, let the water flood in and then swim to the next deck. He says they had to do this several times to get from deck to deck and eventually out of the ship.

 

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