Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pearl Harbor Survivor Jack Leaming, 93, Died in 2013-- Part 1: Escorting USS Enterprise to Pearl Harbor That Day

From the August 12, 2013, Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Jack Leaming, 93, Pearl harbor survivor died August 4, 2013.  He spent three and a half years as a Japanese POW.

He is the third Pearl Harbor survivor to die in the last three months.  Clifton E. Dohrman died June 16 and William Simshauser, Army Air Corps, died July 16.  Only a handful of Pearl Harbor survivors still remain in Las Vegas.

Jack Leaming was born Dec. 6, 1919, in Philadelphia and always wanted to be an aviator.

As a radio/gunner, one day past his 22nd birthday, he and pilot Dale Hilton took off from the USS Enterprise on December 7, 1941.  His plane and 17 others fanned out west of Oahu to escort their ship to Pearl Harbor.  By order of Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, they were flying under radio silence.

--GreGen

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