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Ennis soldier, reported killed at Pearl Harbor, actually survived attack

There was no military officer in sparkling uniform to step from a sleek car in front of the couple’s farmhouse near Bristol –– Wesley Strunc and his wife learned only by telegram from the Navy Department that their 23-year-old son, Miles, had died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

For two weeks the Strunc family mourned and the community mourned with them. In grim headlines, the Ennis Weekly Local reported Miles Strunc as the first local casualty of World War II. But the Navy and the press were wrong. Miles was alive, uninjured and, as the young seaman put it in a letter to his parents soon afterwards, “kind of busy.”

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