Remains of man's father identified from Pearl Harbor attack

Lawmakers honor Pennsylvania Pearl Harbor survivors

Lawmakers honor Pennsylvania Pearl Harbor survivors

On the early morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii, claiming the lives of over 2,400 Americans.

"The incredible sacrifices that the men and women from Pearl Harbor".

Taps was played to close the ceremony of remembrance.

"We weren't at war yet, so we weren't prepared for them", said Stephenson.

Organizers say the event has decreased over the years, as fewer survivors are still alive. This year, a ship will not participate because of operational commitments, said Bill Doughty, a spokesman for Navy Region Hawaii. "Joe will be leading the pledge and tossing the wreath".

The ceremony will honor those who died in the attack.

Adm. Scott Swift, left center, along with his wife and Gov. David Ige, right center, and his wife Dawn Amano Ige throw orchids into the waters of the Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, during a ceremony commemorating the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

"He was there day one until the end of it", the grandson said.

Lawmakers honor Pennsylvania Pearl Harbor survivors

"For me it's history", said Stephenson.

After all of these honors, and with the upgrades of several minority veterans' medals as a result of the 1993 investigation of racial discrimination in the awarding of such medals, many of us expected Doris Miller to be recommended once again for the Medal of Honor.

Noting that the Pearl Harbor memorial plaque outside the courthouse is a newer addition, Munley recalled visiting Pearl Harbor in 1970, while on a military leave.

"I don't think about it too much anymore because something like this brings it back to your memory", Stephenson said. "She became pregnant and was unable to continue, so it is something that I wanted to do for her".

Sarpas, 83, said she joined the Air Force at a young age but was shortly deemed physically unfit due to disc issues in her spine. Still, I avow my hope and faith, sure and inviolate, that in the days to come the British and American peoples will, for their own safety and for the good of all, walk together in majesty, in justice and in peace.

All donations will be delivered to "Clothe My People" in Sturgeon Bay to help those in Door County who are having trouble staying warm enough and/or are in need.

Last year, I wrote a letter to President Obama, our nation's first black president, urging him to press Congress and the Navy to award Miller the Medal of Honor.


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