East Texans spend Pearl Harbor day remembering those affected

East Texans spend Pearl Harbor day remembering those affected

Bill Kennedy, 97, told his story as a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

At a ceremony Thursday, Stephenson remembered the first moments he saw Japanese planes 76 years ago Thursday.

The veterans took advantage of the event to discuss a future without conflict.

A handful of World War II veterans gave short speeches about their time in war and what they remember from Pearl Harbor.

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

About 20 people attended the ceremony held in front of a plaque bearing the names of 109 Lackawanna County residents stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attack.

The USS Midway (CV-41) Museum Ship will sponsor a special event for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 9, 1700-2359 UTC, from NI6IW in San Diego, California. More than, 2,400 Americans died in the attack carried about by hundreds of Japanese fighter planes, which also destroyed or damaged a considerable number of US naval vessels and aircraft.

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"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.

"They find meaning in it", said Shelbyville High School history teacher Kyle Ladd. "What can I say?"

Herbert Elfring remembered hearing bombs explode and initially thought the explosions were US training exercises. "We had to swim to Ford Island", said Alston. More than a year after the initial attacks, Bell was sent back to the United States.

In all, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor crippled or destroyed almost 20 American ships and more than 300 airplanes.

Taps was played to close the ceremony of remembrance.

"On behalf of a grateful Pacific nation, and a proud Pacific Fleet, I would like to thank our Pearl Harbor and World War II veterans who yet carry the burden and bear the scars of those fateful days", Swift said.

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

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