World War II Veteran Recalls News of Pearl Harbor Attack
ST. CLOUD -- Seventy-five years ago, the Japanese Imperial Army attacked Pearl Harbor.
World War II veteran Fritz Suess remembers hearing the news on the radio at his uncle's Buckman liquor store. He recalls the reaction of family and friends when President Roosevelt said "it will be a day that lives in infamy"....
Surprised, stunned, and fear. My brother was over working in Milwaukee and he came home and enlisted in the service. So, there was a lot of other kids around there that did the same thing.
Suess was nearly 14-years-old when the attack happened. About four years later, he was drafted into the Army...
July 5th, 1945 I left for the service. And, halfway through our basic training that's when the bomb fell. We were supposed to be training for the invasion of Japan. We would have been in the invasion force if the bomb wouldn't have dropped so, all were elated.
After the war was won, Suess was sent to Munich, Germany where he was stationed at Adolf Hitler's former headquarters. He worked as an MP and was on the Displaced Persons screening team which separated war criminals from innocent civilians.