Donations needed at red kettles in Fannin County
Posted: 7:30 AM - BONHAM,TX---Red kettle donations across Texoma could have a big impact on the Salvation Army in Fannin County.
12-8-05 - At just 19 years old and only three months into his Naval service, Sailor Woodward Graham never expected a battle like the one he found himself in on December 7th, 1941.
"I had my dress shoes on prepared to go into town," Woodward said. "I was brushing my teeth and then the alarm went off. I was afraid for my people, and I didn't know what was gonna happen in the battle, but I knew we had a battle."
When the alarm sounded on his Navy C-plane supply ship, Graham rushed to his battle station.
"I put on my helmet and life jacket," Graham said.
On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 at 7:55 a.m., young Graham had a front row seat to the surprise attack.
"I saw bombs dropping in the water," Graham said, "there were more ships hit than weren't hit."
Eight American battleships and 13 other naval vessels were sunk or badly damaged, but Graham's supply ship was spared.
"God was with us I think," Graham said.
Graham went on to serve three more years in the Pacific during World War II, and he says he lessons of Pearl Harbor came back to haunt him in 2001.
"The Pearl Harbor motto is Keep America alert, and if they would've been there, there wouldn't be any 9-11," Graham said.
As survivors pass on, the memories of that day fade with age, but take it from a sailor who was there: Pearl Harbor has hell on earth.
"I'll never forget it," Graham said.
Today, Graham, now 83 years old, lives in Bonham.
Posted: 12/02/2013 - DURANT, Okla., Dec. 2, 2013 – Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., a AAA Four Diamond resort and entertainment destination, is welcoming Captain Sig and Edgar Hansen from the Deadliest Catch on Friday, Dec. 6 from 7-10 p.m. at Gilley’s. The event is free to the public.
Posted: 12/02/2013 - Four local people recently completed at least 34 hours of training and 2 hours of courtroom observation in order to become volunteer advocates for children in foster care. The Honorable Judge Lauri Blake administered an oath to the new CASA volunteers in the 336th District Court after training was complete. New child advocates include Priti KC, Mary Norris, Dave Gehalo and Chantal Carey.