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Poignant Memories

December 26, 1986

What a superb, moving article ("Bittersweet Memories at Pearl Harbor" by Anita Zelman, Dec. 7).

As a bewildered sailor wandering the streets of Honolulu a few months after Dec. 7, 1941, in dress whites, hat shaped like a strawberry box, pushed back on my head, I certainly related.

Having since retired from the Navy, I have been to the Arizona Memorial many times, but never without getting a little choked up and feeling very humble.

I found it necessary to brush aside a tear before I could finish the article.

BILL FRANZ

Tarzana

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