David Mock held his Grandview Heights High School classmates in total captivation as he recounted his first-hand account of the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor.
"All day the sky swarmed with flashing enemy planes. Fire and smoke rose wildly from shattered homes and buildings."
He lived with his family near Pearl Harbor where they heard the first sounds of gunfire, at the time thinking it was only practice. As planes flew over and they became aware of the destruction around them, David and his father rushed to aid safety wardens and deliver newspapers.
David Mock was a student at Grandview Heights High School at the time.
John E. Hussey, David's grandfather, was one of the original landowners of Grandview Heights. The picture and story of David's experience was published in the Columbus Dispatch in December 1944.
Pictured here at Grandview Heights High School with David and Nancy Conner (both seated in center) are classmates Jackie Henderson, Bill Arthur, Bill Wasem, Barbara Acton, Jean Young and Fred Hunt. They all served on the Highlander yearbook team.