Local Pearl Harbor veteran Don Bosket: ‘I’m the only one left’

Jeffery Smith
Pearl Harbor survivor Don Bosket.

Seventy years after the Dec. 7, 1941 attack that brought the U.S. into World War II, Don Bosket, a local veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, is sad survivors are so few and far between.

Bosket, 90, was the only Pearl Harbor survivor to attend a remembrance ceremony on Sunday at the Bath Rod & Gun Club.

“I was the only one left, and that make me feel kind of bad,” Bosket said. “There were 22 survivors, from Hornell to Binghamton, just a few years ago. I kind of know I’m the only one left.”

Bosket said he was 20 years old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

“I was one of the youngest in the bunch,” Bosket said. “The majority were 27 to 30 years old. Maybe that’s why I’m one of the few left.”

Bosket said he returned to Pearl Harbor in 1947, for the fifth anniversary of the attack, but has not returned since.

“It’s a time I’ll never forget,” Bosket said. “Without the sacrifices of those who died in the attack, we would not have the freedoms we enjoy today.”

Bosket claimed the attack could have been avoided.

“I’m sure President (Franklin D.) Roosevelt knew it was coming,” Bosket said. “He wanted to get into World War II and Congress wouldn’t let him. So he went and played around, got the Japanese mad and they headed right to Pearl Harbor to attack.”

Cameron McConnell looks at a 1944 newspaper.