Klamath Falls, Ore. – 77 years ago on December 7th, a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to the U.S. entering World War II.
97 year old Army veteran John Boehm was 21 years old when he heard the news. “I had the radio on, and the radio said, ‘We are now in war – Pearl Harbor has been bombed’.”
2400 Americans were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, and nearly 1200 wounded.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Klamath Falls hosts an annual memorial ceremony as a reminder.
“It’s very important that we never forget.” Notes retired Army Colonel Karen Johnson. “And that is the theme of Pearl Harbor, and World War II – May you, may we never forget.”
John Boehm says he plans to keep attending the ceremonies. “I’m in good physical shape, I can get around – and I feel like my honor, I should come.”
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.