East Texans spend Pearl Harbor day remembering those affected

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"Yesterday, December 7, 1941-a date which will live in infamy-the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan".

Imagine getting a phone call telling you that the remains of your father, who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, were identified.

"The attack on Pearl Harbor is known as the catalyst of the navy entering World War II", added Wright.

President Donald Trump and Governor Kay Ivey have ordered all US flags in the state to be flown at half-staff today.

"Going back to the tent where I was living and I looked up and there was right above us, several hundred feet above us, Japanese planes", said Stephenson.

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.

But this year was different because the event took place on the Milwaukee instead of at the Fleet Reserve on Mayport Road.

'When bombs began to fall, Mickey reported to his battle station in the crow's nest of the USS Pennsylvania wearing his football uniform and his football helmet, which he threw off because he figured he didn't need it, ' Trump said, praising the older man.

A Pearl Harbor survivor from Central Texas is sharing what he experienced on December 7, 1941.

Trump said he hoped the vets would join him every year to mark the occasion for the next - presuming he runs and wins reelection - seven years. Members of the ship's crew had to scramble early in the day when the ceremony was moved from the open-air flight deck to the hangar bay because of the weather.

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

Stoeber, whose ashes were scattered in Pearl Harbor after he died January 16, 2016, at age 97, was a.50-caliber machine-gunner aboard the destroyer tender USS Whitney in the Pacific theater of World War II. McCloud, who served on board a destroyer, was not at Pearl Harbor, but he did serve during the war. "And due to their extraordinary devotion to duty, the United States is stronger than ever before". "Especially this time of year".

"I think the fantastic thing about Pearl Harbor is that it really helped unify America", said Triesler, who has researched the war and interviewed many WWII veterans.

On Thursday, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 1371 in Owego remembered those who were killed during the attack, and honored those who survived.

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.

"They are slowly fading away, and we are here to keep that memory alive", said Oakman.