A recent article in the Greenville Herald Banner tells the story of A&M-Commerce alum J.B. McNatt. McNatt was 17 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Over 80 years later, he still remembers hearing the news for the first time. As a high school student, he recalls asking his mother, “What and where is Pearl Harbor?” After graduating from high school, he worked in Greenville, Texas, and attended East Texas State Teachers College, now A&M-Commerce. It wasn’t long before McNatt enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
“I never went overseas after I enlisted, but I worked in Colorado, North Dakota, New Mexico, and eventually ended up in Utah…Still, I’m honored to have been able to serve my country,” McNatt recalled.
McNatt recently participated in the 2021 Veterans Day program at Greenville High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from East Texas State Teachers College in 1947.
Read the full story at the Greenville Herald Banner.
Photo: J.B. McNatt (second from left) attended the Veterans Day program at Greenville High School.