|Birth: ||May 4, 1917|
|Death: ||Aug. 1, 1999|
US Marine Corps
Pearl Harbor Survivor
Obituary courtesy of Jerry Huffman #46859530
The Dallas Morning News - August 5, 1999
The Rites today for Woodrow Wilson Board
Woodrow Wilson Board, an engraver and a survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died Sunday of cancer. He was 82.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home Chapel, 7405 W. Northwest Highway in Dallas.
Mr. Board, a Dallas native and former Marine, was on board the USS Pennsylvania when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, 1941.
"Dad had been standing watch the morning of the attack," said his daughter, Terri Board Moore of Dallas. "He left at 7:30 to eat breakfast. The man who relieved him was killed. He always felt guilty about leaving."
Mr. Board was wounded during the attack when a Japanese bomb fell through a ladder entrance and into the ship. He was awarded a Purple Heart.
"When Dad heard the racket outside, he thought target practice [by U.S. troops] was getting too close," Mrs. Moore said. "He told me he thought someone was going to get into serious trouble."
Due to his injury, Mr. Board served the rest of his tour on desk duty in Hawaii, Mrs. Moore said.
Before entering the Marines, Mr. Board worked as a copy boy for the Dallas Dispatch .
"His friends at the Dispatch sent him a 50-foot letter while he was in Hawaii," Mrs. Moore said. "Every employee signed it. The area papers ran a story about . . . the letter."
Mr. Board was part owner of Continental Engraving Co., which closed in 1980. He worked for Harper House and Colortek from 1980 until his retirement in the early 1990s.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife, Mary Virginia Board of Dallas; two sisters, Lenear Manahan of Kerrville and Frances Gooch of Clifton; and one granddaughter.
Memorials may be sent to the University Park United Methodist Church's "Come and See" Campaign, 4024 Caruth Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75225.
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Record added: Jan 08, 2011
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