Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Pearl Harbor remembered at solemn Bradley Point ceremony

Pearl Harbor remembered at solemn Bradley Point ceremony

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the Japanese attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base, which killed more than 2,400 people.

The ceremony featured the last local survivor of the attack, Paul Moore.

The Corpus Christi Veterans band, Mary Carroll High School NJROTC, and the Corpus Christi Fire Department Pipes and drums will be featured during the ceremony.

And George, Serving in the Army Air Force Corps, hoping the day reminds others of the sacrifices made during the attack.

At one point, Chief Quartermaster Michael "Mickey" Ganitch started to sing "Remember Pearl Harbor."

"On behalf of a grateful Pacific nation, and a proud Pacific Fleet, I would like to thank our Pearl Harbor and World War II veterans who yet carry the burden and bear the scars of those fateful days", Swift said. He recalls the dates, the assignments, the people he both met and lost, and he remembers the unbelievable sadness that was engulfing the world around him.

The bridge where the ceremony took place was named after Pfc.

Among the veterans at the event was 102-year-old Clarence Lawson.

Herbert Elfring remembered hearing bombs explode and initially thought the explosions were US training exercises.


At just past 8:45 in the morning of December 7, 1941, Brackenridge resident Betsy Bianco's father helped shoot down a Japanese plane over Pearl Harbor.

"What I've told them I wanted to do was that I would like his remains buried with his shipmates over in the Punchbowl in Hawaii, right above Pearl Harbor", Schoonover said.

"This is something we do every year", said Allan Labranche, vice president of AMVET Post 47.

Stoeber, whose ashes were scattered in Pearl Harbor after he died January 16, 2016, at age 97, was a.50-caliber machine-gunner aboard the destroyer tender USS Whitney in the Pacific theater of World War II.

"The ones who weren't drafted, volunteered", said Thomas.

"It was an all-hands call, but we were able to set everything up in about 20 minutes", Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Ingram said.

"They die at 360 per day", said Cletis Evans with Honor Flight Bluegrass.

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