Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Three of Nebraska's Last Living Pearl Harbor Survivors Gather-- Part 1

From the June 23, 2016, Omaha (Neb) World Herald "Three of Nebraska's living Peral Harbor survivors gather at new Central City veterans memorial" by Steve Liewer.

Earl Brandes, 95, of Central City, Ed Guthrie, 97, of Omaha and Lawrence Osterbuhr of Hildreth gathered in Central City.  They were all long-time members of the Nebraska Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association which once had fifty members.  These three are believed to be the last survivors in the state of the long-ago battle.

Mr. Guthrie was a Navy electrician's mate on the destroyer tender USS Whitney, and remembers the planes "flying so low you could see smiles on faces and their scarves."  Also, "You could feel the explosion of the Arizona all over the harbor."  He later served on the USS Banner, a transport ship and witnessed nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946.

--GreGen

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