Today Marks Attack On Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941

Oscar Cross
December 8, 2017

Before the president signed a presidential proclamation recognizing December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, he said to the six veterans standing beside him, "Remember Pearl Harbor.' Have you heard that before a couple of times, 'Remember Pearl Harbor?'"

Many cities across the nation are holding ceremonies to remember those who died.

"That initial attack by the Japanese fleet that took out Pearl Harbor, that's the beginning of us", said Jim Snow, with the East Texas Veterans Alliance. The president also promised them his administration would build up the military.

Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago, paying homage to the thousands who died with a solemn ceremony marking the surprise bombing raid that plunged the USA into World War II. More than 2,400 Americans were killed in the attack.

Those whose eyes watched as Japanese planes swarmed Pearl Harbor 76 years ago Thursday grow scarcer with each passing year, but Lawson Close remembers. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded.

"I'm 100% for my country", said Schimmel.

"So, I would encourage you, if you know someone who is a World War II survivor that you thank them for their service and thank them for being a part of the Greatest Generation", Rep. Shine said.

"We were poor and the heroes were those guys who didn't make it back", says Hodge.

From Lackawanna County alone, 109 people are known to have been in Pearl Harbor on this date.

Herbert Elfring remembered hearing bombs explode and initially thought the explosions were US training exercises.

In thinking about the lessons of Pearl Harbor, Larry said he hopes 'we can build up the military again'.

Nicknamed the Mighty Mo, the Missouri was the third United States Navy ship to be named after our state.

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. He served out the rest of WWII in the Pacific theater, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

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