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Pearl Harbor Survivors Ready for Honor Flight

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MADISON (WKOW) - On this Memorial Day weekend, we take a look back and honor lives lost while looking forward to a special trip coming up for two local veterans. They have never met, but two people living in Madison today survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

"I was in the shower getting ready to go to church," said 93-year-old Ewald Koch.

"The general alarm went off, and I took off for my battle station," said 92-year-old George Hutton. Hutton was in the Navy while Koch served in the Air Force.

"I saw Japanese planes flying over the field getting ready to drop bombs," Koch said.

"We were hit by a torpedo, and it really shook the ship," Hutton said.

After looking back on it, now they're looking forward to the trip of a lifetime-an Honor Flight to Pearl Harbor in June. "I can't believe it. I'm hesitating to talk about it for fear I will nix it or something will happen," Hutton said.

Hutton and Koch will meet for the first time along with 20 other survivors.

"I like the idea of going with my peers, guys that experienced the same thing I did-a group that won't be added to," Hutton said.

The veterans take off for their four-day trip to Hawaii on June 14.

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