Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Jersey Pearl Harbor Survivor Dies at 96: Ralph Jeffers-- Part 1

From the May 2, 2016, Asbury Park (NJ) Press "Oakhurst Pearl Harbor survivor dies at 96."

"His Pearl Harbor scrapbook was meticulous, with photos, maps and even a cafe menu.  Ralph Jeffers took pride in showing it to anyone who asked -- and a lot of folks did, especially in his later years, when the Ocean Township resident was one of New Jersey's last living witnesses to the Day of Infamy."

Mr. Jeffers died Sunday, May 1, 2016.  He served several times as the president of New Jerseys's Pearl Harbor Survivors Association chapter which once numbered 300.  In 2014, he said there were only three left.  One of them, Daniel Frierson of Mount Holly died in 2015.  The chapter disbanded in 2011 due to a lack of members.

For many years afterwards he didn't talk about it.  But lately he was a regular speaker in schools and scout gatherings.


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