Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pearl Harbor Ceremony at Oahu

From the Dec. 7, 2013, Missourian "Pearl Harbor ceremony marks bombing anniversary" by Audrey McAvoy, AP.

About fifty survivors attended the ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the "Day of Infamy."

ALVIS TAYLOR, 90, was an Army medic who went to Pearl Harbor from his base, Schofield Barracks, about 18 miles north, with dozens of ambulances after he was left in charge when his superiors, who were doctors, rushed to the hospitals.

A crowd of some 2500 joined the survivors.

Taylor, who lives in Davenport, Iowa, returned to Pearl Harbor for the very first time since the war. Local chapters of Vietnam Veterans of America paid for him and his wife to make the trip.

DELTON WALLING, 92, was on the USS Pennsylvania, said, "I come back to be with my comrades-- meet the ones who are still alive, and we're going fast."

There was a moment of silence at 7:55 AM, the minute the attack began. The survivors and spectators sat on a grassy spot overlooking the USS Arizona Memorial. A 1944 North American SNJ-5B fighter flew overhead.

So Sad to be Losing These Proud Service People. --GreGen

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