Daniel “D.J.” Crainer was at his high school in Alvin when news of the attack on Pearl Harbor came across the public address system. He remembers watching classmates cry.

“It was a surprise,” Crainer said. “In everyday life, I didn’t realize what it would mean. I knew it had great significance, but I didn’t know it would affect my life the way it did.”

Contact reporter Chacour Koop at 409-683-5241 or chacour.koop@galvnews.com.

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(6) comments

Garland Bilbrey

We must assume that the announcement at school was made the next morning. Maybe for anyone somehow unaware. Pearl Harbor was attached on Sunday.

It is sad that the WWII vets are leaving us in such vast numbers. The Greatest Generation will too soon be gone.

George Croix

As my own flag was run up the pole this morning I was thinking about the last sentence in this article.
Shame on the parents for that........

Keith Gray

My father-in-law will turn 94 this Spring, and now when me and my sons look at him we think; thank God this now frail man stood up when he had his whole life in front of him and fought the Germans in the Battle of the Budge. May our generation have the same fortitude as his.

Anita Micheletti

Pearl Harbor was attacked early Sunday morning. Mr. Bilbrey makes a good point about school announcement. Radio and newspapers kept us informed.......not exactly fast. No we get news alerts instantly on our phones and 24 hour cable news! My mom and aunt thought it was a radio show broadcast at first, but quickly learned about the horrible event taking place.

Carlos Ponce

D.J. Crainer, thank you for your service. There is no 1941-42 copy of the Alvin High School yearbook "The YellowJacket" on Classmates com but I found your sophomore class picture in the 1939 Yearbook at:

Doyle Beard

Thank you D. J. Crainer for your unselfish service to this great Country. It was people like you who made it so great. Again I salute you.

By the way My boyhood home town had on full page in the local paper saluting you guys.


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