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Reuben I. Zumwalt
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Birth: Apr. 4, 1914
Death: Jul. 2, 1995

Pearl Harbor Survivor Reads Own Obituary
KERRVILLE, Tex., Feb. 26 –

How it feels to read your own obituary in your home-town newspaper is described in a letter received here from Ruben Zumwalt, Kerr county youth attached to the Pearl harbor naval base in Hawaii. In mid-December official report from Washington to Zumwalt’s parents said he had died as a result of the Jap attack on Dec. 7. The young man’s obituary was published locally before mail from him definitely established that he was still alive, and that the government report was in error.

Upon reading the obituary published here, young Zumwalt wrote back, telling his feeling, “I could not help grinning a little when I read it, and enjoyed it immensely,” he wrote. “Realizing that it is a rare thing for a man to have the opportunity of reading his own obituary, I thought you might like to know that I appreciated it.” In closing he said he hoped the obituary wouldn’t have to be reprinted “for a long, long time to come.”

The Denison Press (Denison, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 199, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 26, 1942
Nichols Cemetery
Kerr County
Texas, USA
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