Don Gutt wanted to enlist in the Marine Corps, but his father wouldn’t let him.
“He told me I couldn’t go until my brother got back to help him farm,” said Gutt, 88.
But when his brother, Victor, got back from his service in World War II, he didn’t want to farm.
Finally, at the age of 19, Don enlisted on Jan. 21, 1947, three weeks after the war officially ended. He went to supply and disbursing school, and was sent to Pearl Harbor.
“I had very nice duty,” Gutt said.
He had a chance to ride in a submarine and recalled the damaged ship, New Yorker, being towed out of the harbor and torpedoed to get rid of it.
“There were still a lot of vessels in the harbor that had been torpedoed,” Gutt said.
Forty-one ships had been bombed. The Arizona Memorial had not yet been constructed.