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By JOHN THOMPSON
Johnson City Press 

After 80 years, family welcoming sailor home to Tennessee

 

August 15, 2021



JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Paul E. Saylor left Johnson City in 1940.

Nearly 81 years later, he is returning home.

In 1940 he was a brand-new sailor in the United States Navy and had just completed boot camp in Norfolk, Virginia. He stopped in Johnson City to visit with his parents, friends and family while he was en route to California to join the ship he had been assigned to, the USS Oklahoma.

Just over a year after his visit, when Saylor was 21, the Oklahoma was moored at Ford Island in berth Fox 5 on Battleship Row of Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941; the ship was attacked b...



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