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Dwayne Johnson Honors Pearl Harbor Veterans at Epic 'Rock the Troops'

by Raphael Chestang 6:33 PM PST, December 07, 2016
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson paid tribute to the American heroes who fought at Pearl Harbor while filming Spike's upcoming Rock the Troops special on Wednesday.

"On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, the general alarm sounded when the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked," Johnson says in a clip. "We think back about all those who were here at Pearl Harbor on that day."

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Taped on location at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Johnson was joined on stage by Herb Weatherwax, 99, and Alfred Rodrigues, 96, who survived the Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago.

"Herb Weatherwax was 24 years old and in the U.S. Army," Johnson shared. "Alfred Rodrigues was just 21 years old, serving in the U.S. Navy."

The special holiday event was held for more than 45,000 members of the military and their families with appearances by Kevin Hart, Rob Riggle, J.B. Smoove, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Prince Royce, Nick Jonas, Flo Rida, Terry Crews, Tenacious D, Matthew McConaughey, Keegan-Michael Key and Scott Eastwood.

In a recent interview with People, Johnson explained his approach to producing the special.

"We wanted to do something that had never been done before and we wanted it to be epic," Johnson said. "Honoring those who serve our country is of the utmost importance to us."

Rock the Troops premieres Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT only on Spike.

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