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Published December 07, 2011, 05:06 PM

East Grand Forks Woman Remembers Attack On Pearl Harbor 70 Years Later

EAST GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - 70 years ago today, a Japanese attack on a U.S. military base in Hawaii led to the U.S. entry into World War II. One East Grand Forks woman remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor and what it was like to serve after that tragic day.

EAST GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - 70 years ago today, a Japanese attack on a U.S. military base in Hawaii led to the U.S. entry into World War II.

One East Grand Forks woman remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor and what it was like to serve after that tragic day.

88-year-old Luella Martin was just 18 when she heard the news about the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The attack had a big influence on the rest of her life.

It prompted her to serve the country and try to make a difference for the United States.

Luella Martin was working at an insurance company in Grand Forks 70 years ago, and there is one day that will always stick out in her mind.

"The news came on the radio and just ruined our whole day. We were horrified," Martin said.

News that Pearl Harbor had been bombed left many like Martin shocked and horrified. She remembers panic all around her.

"What are we going to do and my poor kid will have to go into the service and stuff like that," Martin said.

The attacks had such an influence on Luella as an 18-year-old, she decided to enlist in the navy in 1942.

"Well I wanted to serve my country. I was stationed in Hunter College in New York City all the time I was in the service. I met my husband there," Martin said.

Luella was disappointed she never served overseas or in Hawaii, but she is proud to have served her country while she could. Luella was discharged in 1944. Today she remembers a brother who passed away in the service at the young age of 21.

"He was drafted into the Korean war and killed and that kind of. I was really disappointed. I was sick when that happened," Martin said.

All flags at U.S. state and federal buildings are being flown at half staff today in remembrance of the attack.

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