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Quincy man recalls Pearl Harbor attack

William Keith was struggling to get out, along with other sailors trapped below the main deck of the USS West Virginia on Dec. 7, 1941, as torpedoes and bombs hammered the battleship. Only one ladder led topside, Keith said.

“Everybody tried to get up on that one ladder,’' Keith said in a telephone interview. “You are stepping on each other’s hands, and often they fall back down.’’

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