Trump signs proclamation for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Elias Hubbard
December 8, 2017

The surprise attack killed 2,043 Americans and lead to the USA entry into World War II.

American officials responded to this aggression with a battery of economic sanctions and trade embargoes.

"Every time the bell tolled it really resonated with me that these were real people, real families, and it was just an honor to remember them", said Rachel Hubbard, a junior at Valley Christian.

Pann, 95, is a perhaps the last living Pearl Harbor survivor in the Alle-Kiski Valley.

On Thursday, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 1371 in Owego remembered those who were killed during the attack, and honored those who survived. Fittingly on Pearl Harbor day, Miller's finally getting a memorial in his honor.

One wonders how long before December 7, 1941, takes its place in the ranks of the rarely remember dates such as April 19, 1775, July 1, 2, 3, 1863, or February 15, 1898.

"I have one of those caps that says "Pearl Harbor Survivor" on it", he said.

If you will allow me to use other language, I will say that he must indeed have a blind soul who can not see that some great goal and design is being worked out here below of which we have the honor to be the faithful servants.

Trump greeted a half-dozen Pearl Harbor survivors in the Roosevelt room
Trump greeted a half-dozen Pearl Harbor survivors in the Roosevelt room

J.C. Alston who now lives in Troy said he was aboard the USS California when the attack started.

Much of the story of Doris Miller is lost in Waco.

The battleship U.S.S. Arizona became the most notable sinking that day, going up in a quick blast when a Japanese bomb breached its steel deck and exploded the ship's powder magazine. As a result, the U.S. Navy was able to rebound relatively quickly from the attack.

Gilbert Meyer, who lived through the December 7, 1941 bombing, said he returned to pay his respects to his shipmates from the USS Utah - and say a prayer for them. When they finally made it, they were some of the first to arrive.

But he said he was still 'ready to go in case we play that game'.

Almost half of the American casualties that morning were aboard the U.S.S. Arizona, Jindrich said. We can't forget that. Rankin was a pacifist who had also voted against the American entrance into World War I.

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.

"Be proud of the United States".

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