Share our heritage: Penns Valley man survived Pearl Harbor

Lawrence Wolfe, a Pearl Harbor survivor, lived to be 101 years old.
Lawrence Wolfe, a Pearl Harbor survivor, lived to be 101 years old. Photo provided

Today’s photo is from Jimmy Brown, of Spring Mills. It features the late Lawrence Wolfe, who lived in Penns Valley and was stationed in Hawaii in World World II during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Brown, who is a lifelong Civil War re-enactor, interviewed Wolfe for a history project. During World War II, Wolfe served in the military with a friend from Coburn, Bill Brandt. Brandt served at the rank of master sergeant at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack and Wolfe served in the 251st Coastal Artillery. Both men were stationed at Hawaii.

According to Brown, around Dec. 7, 1941, Brandt invited Wolfe to a party. But Wolfe was put on kitchen police duty and couldn’t go. Instead, he took to his duties in the kitchen.

Brandt went to the party and was killed in the attack. Wolfe remembered seeing the Japanese bombers with the “red sun” on them.

Wolfe continued serving in the Pacific Theater until the end of the war. After the war, Wolfe came home, where he was employed by Titan at Bellefonte. He also had a garage near Coburn, where he worked on vehicles. Wolfe died on Nov. 23, 2015. He was 101 years old.

The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg will host its annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute at 12:45 p.m. Thursday. For more information, visit


Each Monday, the Centre Daily Times will publish an installment in our “Share our Heritage” series, featuring photos from Centre County’s past. Readers are welcome to submit photos to the CDT by mail, in person or by email at