Friday, March 29, 2013
The date December 7, 1941 was engraved on the Purple Heart - "a date which will live in infamy" - that marked the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Bakersfield High School history teacher Ken Hooper and his students played detective, and were able to track down the family of the young sailor, killed aboard the USS Arizona, who had earned the Purple Heart in question.
The Bates family of Tyler, Texas was floored to find out how and where the Purple Heart was discovered. Texas television station KLTV picks up the rest of the story. I've posted that report up top.