HONOLULU – Survivors gathered Thursday on the website of the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor to recollect fellow servicemen killed within the early morning raid seventy six years in the past, paying homage to the hundreds who died with a solemn ceremony marking the shock bombing raid that plunged the U.S. into World Warfare II.
About 20 survivors attended the occasion at a grassy spot overlooking the harbor and the united statesArizona Memorial. They have been joined by about 2,000 Navy sailors, officers and members of the general public.
Gilbert Meyer, who lived via the Dec. 7, 1941 bombing, stated he returned to pay his respects to his shipmates from the united statesUtah — and say a prayer for them.
The ninety four-yr who lives close to Lytle, Texas, was an 18-yr-previous fireman first-class when a torpedo hit the port aspect of the Utah. He stated he is nonetheless alive as a result of he occurred to be on the ship’s starboard aspect.
“I take into consideration my shipmates and the way they have been killed. It jogs my memory that we’re fortunate we obtained off and we have made an excellent nation for them,” Meyer stated.
Meyer later served within the battles at Attu, Kiska, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He witnessed Japan’s give up in 1945 from the deck of the united statesDetroit in Tokyo Bay.
Herbert Elfring remembered listening to bombs explode and…