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Trump Declares Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

08 December 2017, 01:41 | Regina Holmes

Remembering those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor

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

Herbert Elfring remembers hearing bombs go off at Pearl Harbor.

His ears heard the attack.

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 think the fantastic thing about Pearl Harbor is that it really helped unify America", said Triesler, who has researched the war and interviewed many WWII veterans.

Yet some memories he can't purge.

"As a woman", she said, "I can't go to war, and I refuse to send anyone else".

Prior to sharing Davis' story, Newman told those in attendance about the diminishing generation of Pearl Harbor survivors.

Almost 60 Americans from IL died at Pearl Harbor that day, and after the attack, several thousand servicemen and women trained at Navy Pier. "The Oklahoma was upside down...all these battle ships were sunk and the Arizona had blew up and here's all this wreckage".

He said the attack was a "bad mistake of misjudging" America.

"I kept hearing the blasts", Close recalled.




"War was going on, I wanted to do my part", he said. "They had a mini-submarine, is what I call it". It was the most touching thing you will see all day.

December 7, 1941 is known as a date which will live in infamy, and a Henderson native played a crucial role at Pearl Harbor.

He suited up in a helmet he brought back from the war, unlike many of his fellow comrades.

The Historic Aviation Memorial Museum has a Pearl Harbor and World War II display.

As witnesses to the war pass, the monumental size of the conflict seems to shrink in the public's conscious.

The 20-minute ceremony was attended by Mayor John Antaramian, Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser, State Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem Lakes), State Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) and Kenosha County Division Director of Veterans Services Ali Nelson.

"If you stayed in there long enough and don't do anything you get promoted, and we were in combat for a year and a half or something like that", said Veteran Gould Hagler.

"We got through shooting". The first patients it admitted, in February 1942, were sailors injured at Pearl Harbor. "There's a correlation between these two events. I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again". "We honor you for the proud cultural heritage of victory and toughness that you have bestowed on each of us that now wear the uniform in your honor".

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. "Let's not be ashamed of anything we do". Three days later, Japan's allies Germany and Italy declared war against the United States. God has blessed us.

"We had a war to fight", Ganitch responded before kneeling to mimic his best football move - and repeating the move at Trump's request.



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