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One of Shasta County's Last Pearl Harbor Survivors Laid to Rest

Published On: Feb 07 2013 01:47:00 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 07 2013 08:18:52 PM CST
IGO, Calif. -

Shasta County's longest-surviving Pearl Harbor survivor was laid to rest Thursday at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo.

Robert McCullough died January 27th at the age of 93.

McCullough grew up in Redding, where he attended Pine Street Elementary and graduated from Shasta Union High School.

He was in his early 20's, when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941.

Fellow Pearl Harbor survivors attended the funeral in Igo, in a final show of respect for their friend.  There are now only four members remaining in the Shasta County Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

McCullough served on the U.S.S. Medusa at Pearl Harbor.  He was on board the naval repair ship when the attack happened.

In a 2010 interview with KRCR News Channel 7, he remembered the attack.

"I had been playing a little poker the night before, then sleeping in," said McCullough. "We heard the racket that was going on, and went topside. Of course we saw all the planes coming in. Like I said, I saw the Utah being hit, torpedoed, and then sunk. And various ships being fired at, torpedoed, all hell breaking loose."

The helm of the U.S.S. Medusa is displayed on the wall of the Redding Veterans Hall.