World War II Veteran Paul Goodyear, 89, witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor from the deck of the USS Oklahoma. One of only 92 servicemen alive today who survived the attack on the USS Oklahoma, Goodyear will speak about his experience to Oneok employees 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the lower lobby of Oneok Plaza, 100 W. Fifth Street.
On Dec. 7, 1941, the USS Oklahoma was destroyed and 429 servicemen aboard died. Memorials have been built for other battleships destroyed in the harbor that day. But nothing was ever done for the USS Oklahoma and her crew, until now. Thanks to the efforts of survivors and the donations of concerned individuals and corporations, a memorial is taking shape.
The Oneok Foundation has made a $50,000 gift to the USS Oklahoma Memorial fundraising project. Oneok is offering a dollar-for-dollar matching program to employees who contribute.
An exhibit featuring a model of the USS Oklahoma, an illustrated story board about the battleship and World War II memorabilia and artifacts will be on display until Oct. 9, in the lower lobby of Oneok Plaza.