Friday marks the 71st anniversary of the battle that drew the United States into WWII. Almost 2,400 American servicemen died in the assault on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii.
Many families here in the Upstate were affected by the national tragedy. This week one Oconee County woman found a little reminder of just how Pearl Harbor touched her community.
Beth Keaton of Wahalla found the Greenville-Piedmondt newspaper from the day the U.S. declared war on Japan.
Keaton says her father, who recently passed away, had saved the paper when he was just 11 years old.
Keaton's parents made a point of showing the paper to her when she was in high school
"I thought it was cool because they're so old, but you get to look back at history and see the different things around back then," said Keaton.
But it wasn't until this week the pages surfaced again while Keaton was going through her parents belongings. The paper lists soldiers, nurses and even entire families who happened to be in Hawaii at the time of the attack.
Keaton hopes to continue preserving history in the same way - she collects her own newspapers.
"I guess I got it from them and save them based on them because you know these things will be around and my kids can show their kids and pass it on," said Keaton.
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