Navy Veteran speaks to students about Pearl Harbor experiences

Post date: Dec 15, 2014 9:25:19 PM

Attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II survivor RMC USN (Ret.) Robert Coles of Machias (center) visited Wells Junior High School on December 8th and spoke to students in the school’s library about his experiences in the Navy especially those memories from the morning of December 7, 1941 when a 17 year-old Coles witnessed Imperial Japan’s sneak attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Accompanying Coles to WJHS was fellow veteran and friend Dennis Boyd MM1 Navy (Ret.) of Cutler (standing at far right). On the day before coming to Wells, Coles was at Cheverus High School for an observance of the 73rd anniversary of the assault on Pearl Harbor and for a sendoff for the Wreaths Across America convoy bound for Arlington National Cemetery. Coles was invited to speak at WJHS by Librarian Lynn Mercier. Also in the photo is ELA and Social Studies teacher Rachel Stockwell (second row) and WJHS students.