Irving W. Trudell

[ Age 87 ] Marine was at Pearl Harbor.

April 22, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Irving W. Trudell, a World War II Marine who witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died April 12 at Meadville Medical Center in Meadville, Pa. The former Rosedale and Abingdon resident was 87.

Mr. Trudell was born and raised in Iron Mountain, Mich. He joined the Marine Corps in 1940 and was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

"Although we were aware of the fact that he was present for the attack, it wasn't something he ever spoke of until 1986, when he and my mother visited Hawaii for the 45th anniversary of the attack," said a daughter, Roxane J. Hooper of Sykesville.

Mr. Trudell, who passed ammunition during the attack, told his family about a friend who was operating a bulldozer trying to fill bomb craters so warplanes could take off.

"He said one of the hardest things was listening to the men who were trapped inside the sunken hulls of warships," Ms. Hooper said.

Mr. Trudell, who also fought at the Battle of Midway, was discharged at the end of the war with the rank of staff sergeant.

After the war, he established a radio and later TV repair business in his home in Gray Manor, a Southeastern Baltimore County community.

He also worked for more than 20 years in maintenance at Fort Holabird before retiring in 1972. He was employed as a maintenance worker for Baltimore public schools for a decade until retiring a second time in 1982.

Mr. Trudell, who had moved to the Wesbury Retirement Community in Meadville last year, enjoyed playing bridge and pinochle and was a member of several card clubs.

His wife of 55 years, the former Mary Rebecca Myers, died in 1998.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Gray Manor, where services were held Friday.

Mr. Trudell is also survived by a son, Dona M. Trudell of Meadville; another daughter, Joyce Winters of Abingdon; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and longtime companion Kay Adams of Nottingham. Another son, Lewis Trudell, died in 2000.

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