February 4, 2011

Alumnus Featured in Whittier Daily News

WBRC Alumnus Howard Payne sent us a copy of the Whitter Daily Newspaper Article he was featured in on December 7, 2010. The article is regarding the one-year anniversary of the Santa Fe Springs Valor VA Health Care Clinic opening. The article also reviews some of Mr. Payne's memories of Pearl Harbor.


'Howard Payne was on the way to the college library 69 years ago today, with his best girl at his side, when his life changed forever.

It was, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "a day which will live in infamy."

"We were going to the library, then heard breaking news on the radio," Payne, of Whittier, said. "It sent a shiver through me."

The "news" was Japan's early morning attack on Pearl Harbor, which catapulted the United States into World War II.

"We looked at each other, and knew things had changed," said Payne, 86, of he and girlfriend, Virginia, as they listened to the broadcast.

He told his story Monday as he waited in an exam room at Valor Health care, a medical provider contracted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. '

Click HERE for a link to the full newspaper article.

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