"This time of year, Frank Curre Jr. of Waco is a popular guy. His phone rings with invitations for numerous gatherings. It’s not that the 85-year-old retired newspaper pressman is the life of the party. It’s that he’s a survivor.
At 18, the Central Texan was serving aboard the USS Tennessee, moored in Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor, when the American fleet was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy on Dec. 7, 1941. The ammunition supplier watched as torpedoes and bombs sank the USS Arizona in an assault that ultimately killed almost 2,500 men and�damaged or destroyed eight battleships."