- Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville man who survived the Pearl Harbor bombing while serving aboard the USS Tennessee was buried Friday.

World War II veteran George Westover died June 30 at age 96, WPLN-FM (https://bit.ly/1RscJZx) reports.

Westover spoke to the radio station in February about his experience during the bombing.

He said his time in Hawaii was relaxing until Dec. 7, 1941. That day, the Marine, then 22, was wearing swim trunks, headed to take a sun bath when he started to see bombing.

“I (could) see the airplanes exploding from the bombs and the machine gunning,” Westover said. “The word comes over the loudspeaker: ‘General quarters, general quarters this is not a drill. We’re at war.’”

As gun director, Westover bolted to the top of the mast, where he clearly saw the destruction that surrounded him.

The Tennessee lost five men that day, and its stern melted from the inferno.

Years later, Westover headed deeper into the Pacific theater on another ship, where he saw the Tennessee again - this time in Iwo Jima.

Westover retired from the military in 1962, eventually settling in Tennessee.

He was buried at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.


Information from: WPLN-FM, https://www.wpln.org/

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