Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Remembering those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor

Remembering those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor

Sadly, there are fewer Pearl Harbor survivors than in the past, and the number of survivors will continue to dwindle every year. "I guess that is true if just doing your job entails 15 Medals of Honor and 51 Navy Crosses being awarded - many posthumously - [and] all of which highlights the valor displayed that morning 76 years ago today".

Parry was a 21-year-old Army motor mechanic stationed on Oahu in 1941 when Japanese forces launched a surprise aerial attack on the military base there.

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is located near the center of the Pacific Ocean, roughly 2,000 miles from the USA mainland and about 4,000 miles from Japan.

Lawmakers and the Naval Supply Systems Command honored three survivors from the Keystone State: Isaac George, Richard Schimmel, and Pat Bonnelli.

A half-dozen veterans of the attack, wearing medals and military hats, attended the ceremony and bantered with the president as he commemorated their service. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded.

At about 8 a.m., Japanese planes filled the sky over Pearl Harbor.

The surprise attack by the Japanese Navy 76 years ago killed more than 2,300 US soldiers and sailors.

"Those were the saddest people I've ever seen in my life", said Bell.

"More than seven decades after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared December 7, 1941 as 'a date which will live in infamy, ' tangible proof of the day's events are still visible at Pearl Harbor", Mabee continued.

"That's when we declared war", said Louis Thomas with the Historic Memorial Aviation Museum.

He cited an editorial from a Hawaiian newspaper that said an attack would come days before it did.

To commemorate the moment the Japanese attacked, a ceremonial wreath was laid into Lake Como at 12:55 p.m., which was the exact time in DE the first bomb hit the naval base. "We honor you for the proud cultural heritage of victory and toughness that you have bestowed on each of us that now wear the uniform in your honor".

"We had a war to fight", Ganitch responded before kneeling to mimic his best football move - and repeating the move at Trump's request.

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