Oral History Feature
The Last Voices of Pearl Harbor Survivors
Alex Dyga of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He joined the Army just months prior to the Japanese attack on the islands. When the attack came, Alex was stationed on Hawaii as a “mule skinner.” He would serve the entire war on Hawaii. Until his death in October 2018, he was one of two living Pittsburgh survivors of Pear Harbor. During the Great Depression, the Dyga family worked a small farm in Finleyville, Pa. But, by 1934, both parents had died and Alex and his siblings were left orphaned. As the older kids tried to maintain the farm, the younger children were taken in by others. Alex, age seven, was sent to live with Catholic nuns in Emsworth.
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