Grand Forks Woman Recalls the Attack on Pearl HarborToday on the 68th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a Grand Forks woman is remembering the famous battle. She is one of only a few women in the country still alive who was there.
By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ
Today on the 68th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a Grand Forks woman is remembering the famous battle. She is one of only a few women in the country still alive who was there.
Flags are at half staff today- 68 years to the day the Japanese attacked the U.S at Pear Harbor. One Grand Forks woman is remembering her role in the now infamous battle.
Agnus Shurr: 94 year-old Agnus Shurr was one of the lucky ones. After serving 2 years in the Navy in 1941 she requested to be stationed in Pearl Harbor on a naval hospital ship. She had no idea that the memory of her service on that ship would haunt her. The attack started at 9 AM, on a Sunday morning, I had the day off so I was sleeping. Through the port hole I could see officers running on the deck of the ship they never did that I knew something was going on."
Shurr was a nurse who's job was to take in the dead and help the wounded, which she said there were plenty of.
Agnus Shurr: "I could see one of our ships in the water and another leaning to one side, I heard bombs go off."
Agnus says the only job women were allowed to do while stationed at Pearl Harbor was be a nurse. Today she says she's one of only a hand full of those nurses in the entire country who's still alive and witnessed the battle at Pearl Harbor.
Agnus Shurr: "Its just part of history at this point really."
Shurr says most of the people she worked with have died. Now all she has to remember her service by are these two rare photos.
Agnus Shurr: "No pictures were allowed, if the ships were captured and they saw the pictures that would help in their battle against us."