Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Veteran of Pearl Harbor Recalls Horror of that Day

Veteran of Pearl Harbor Recalls Horror of that Day

Today marked the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the surprise attack by Japanese forces that drew the United States into World War Two. He said he's still alive because he happened to be on the ship's starboard side.

America's experience at Pearl Harbor reminds us we can not be trapped by our most recent historical events - that the heroes with us today ensured Pearl Harbor would not be the end of the story, the admiral said.

At the White House ceremony, Trump described Parry and his comrades as heroes and praised them as the first Americans to fight back in World War II.

The ceremony ended with a rifle salute performed by a U.S. Marine Corps rifle detail, the playing of Echo Taps by the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, and a vintage 1940s Globe Swift plane fly-by.

"It's important that we do this every year because we need to remember the sacrifices that those soldiers and sailors and airmen made on that day", Lieutenant Commander Fred Gage, retired U.S. Navy said.

Jack Gutman was 15 when he heard of the attack on Pearl Harbor, exactly 76 years ago, but it's affected almost everything that happened to him since.

"I'm still in awe of what our country did in the following four years from that date", he said.

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He then thanked the six veterans for their service.

There was a touching tribute to survivors of Pearl Harbor at the state Capitol on Thursday.

Soon after, he was on the shores of Normandy for the D-Day invasion, Gutman said Thursday, Dec. 7, at a commemoration at the Naval Weapons Station Detachment in Norco for those who died in the attack and for other veterans. "Unfortunately, a lot of Americans died that day", on December 7, 1941.

The event was orchestrated by the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Navy Memorial Foundation. This year, a ship will not participate because of operational commitments, said Bill Doughty, a spokesman for Navy Region Hawaii. More than a year after the initial attacks, Bell was sent back to the United States. Most of the Arizona's fallen are entombed in the battleship, which lies at the bottom of the harbor.

"We are building up the military beyond what you ever thought".

Alston said the atomic bombs were necessary during World War II.

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