Friday, June 28, 2013

Bits of War: Eagle Scouts Painting Guns-- County's Last Pearl Harbor Survivor Dies

Bits of War--  New News About an Old War.

1.  EAGLES SCOUT PAINTING GUNS--  April 4, 2013, Tucson News.  Ben and Hal Ducas are painting the guns from the battleships USS Arizona and USS Missouri to obtain the Boy Scouts' highest ranking, Eagle Scout.  Their grandfather attained that rank in the 1940s.

Ben directs and organizes the work on the 16-inch gun tube from the USS Arizona and Hal does the same for the Missouri's.

2.  COUNTY'S LAST PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR DIES--  From the April 21, 2013, History Channel from the War--  David Hughes, 89, of Mintgomery County, Texas, served from 1941 to 1946 in the U.S. Navy.  At Pearl Harbor, he was a 17-year-old desman on the USS Northampton, which was later sunk at the Battle of Guadalcanal the next year.

He served the rest of the war as a spotter in an open cockpit biplane.

Of Pearl Harbor, he remembered, "We got caught with our pants down, plain and simple."

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