102-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor guest of honor at memorial service

At National World War II Memorial, veterans remember the day it all started

Of all the things to get frustrated over, don't flip out over Trump calling Pearl Harbor a "pretty wild scene" - based on his account of the attack, it seems like Ganitch might agree. The president also promised them his administration would build up the military.

Residents and veterans gathered at a war memorial park in Boynton Beach on Thursday to mark 76 years since the Pearl Harbor attack by singing God Bless America, praying in silence and unveiling a monument with an image of the USS Arizona on it.

"The attack on Pearl Harbor is known as the catalyst of the navy entering World War II", added Wright.

Billings radio host Lonnie Bell was a teenager when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, serving in the Navy thousands of miles away in the North Atlantic.

Paul Harless was already in the service at the time of Pearl Harbor, he started out on Roosevelt's yacht, the Potomac, but he soon saw more action.

"No flashback or anything like that, I could just look where we were tied up and said, well I was lucky". Against the backdrop of the Trump administration's travel ban targeting travelers from mostly Muslim-majority countries, World War II-era propaganda and signs remind us what happens when an entire group of people is scapegoated during a time of conflict.

"We were poor and the heroes were those guys who didn't make it back", says Hodge.


If you've ever seen images from the Pearl Harbor attack, you know that the destruction is truly flooring.

"It's a real pleasure to come out here and join them", said retired Army Col. Frederick Clinton, who fought across the French and German fronts in 1944-1945.

Creasey was joined by speakers such as Park Ranger Bill Casey, who spoke of Commander Cassin Young's life-saving actions aboard the USS Vestal on December 7, 1941, and the hero's grandson, Cassin Young II.

Audience members were handed names of other crew members from the USS Arizona who then read the names out loud one by one.

He said the attack was a "bad mistake of misjudging" America. He was waiting, we understand, for appointment to the Military Academy, but that didn't happen, so he made a decision to go Navy. "They're there as guardians of us".

"If we had invaded the mainland, we would have lost a lot of troops", the Pearl Harbor survivor said. "Though the wounds dealt here of more than seven decades ago are fading", he told the commemoration audience, "we will never forget the valor, heroism, wisdom and leadership displayed by all those who gave their lives here 76 years ago".

Numerous stories of the Vets honored today are included in a book published last August called in their own words Augusta Aiken Area World War Two Veterans Remember World War Two.

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