Pearl Harbor survivors remember those killed 76 years ago

08 Décembre, 2017, 01:07 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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The surprise attack on US forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, took place 76 years ago - on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941 - and left 2,335 dead and 1,143 wounded.

Another year has passed and the issue is as alive today as it was in 1942 when newspapers and other media across the country circulated a story about "an unidentified Negro messman" who bravely carried his captain and others to safety during the harrowing surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Local survivors will also be honored.

The Corpus Christi Veterans band, Mary Carroll High School NJROTC, and the Corpus Christi Fire Department Pipes and drums will be featured during the ceremony.

"Today was an experience I was very fortunate to have", said grandson Beau Beaudreau, joined by his father.

Numerous guest speakers spoke about the importance of remembering events such as Pearl Harbor.

"We remember Pearl Harbor by their deeds and their willingness to fight for freedom", she continued.

Flags across our area are at half-staff on Thursday in honor of the troopers who died at Pearl Harbor.

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Additionally, American intelligence officials were confident that any Japanese attack would take place in one of the (relatively) nearby European colonies in the South Pacific: the Dutch East Indies, Singapore or Indochina.

The 94-year who lives near Lytle, Texas, was an 18-year-old fireman first class when a torpedo hit the port side of the Utah.

At just past 8:45 in the morning of December 7, 1941, Brackenridge resident Betsy Bianco's father helped shoot down a Japanese plane over Pearl Harbor.

"And again, we'll do it for another seven years, okay?" he said. "Let's remember Pearl Harbor, and go on to victory". Japan attacked the U.S. Naval base that day at 7:48 a.m. "The next day we declared war on them".

The attack marked the beginning of the United States' intervention in World War II.

Vietnam Veterans of America President Paul Davis said he experienced the war in South Vietnam first hand, and because of that, will always be vigilant in remembering those who sacrificed their life.

Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Honor Guard conducted a 21-gun salute, the U.S Fleet Forces Command Band played taps, and a wreath was laid at the memorial to honor fallen service members. "As a woman", she said, "I can't go to war, and I refuse to send anyone else".

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