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

Remembering those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor

According to the Pearl Harbor Visitors Bureau, 2,335 US military personnel were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor, of that, 1,177 were sailors on board the USS Arizona. The U.S.S. Missouri, and Pearl Harbor memorials can be seen behind them in the harbor. Snow's father was stabbed in the back while at war but was able to recover.

In all, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor crippled or destroyed almost 20 American ships and more than 300 airplanes. That included almost all of the more than 100 people in the audience.

But the Japanese had failed to cripple the Pacific Fleet.

Moreover, the Pearl Harbor assault had left the base's most vital onshore facilities-oil storage depots, fix shops, shipyards and submarine docks-intact.

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.

On December 7th, local Vietnam veterans braved the chilly temperatures at Lake Como, in Smyrna, DE, to remember and mark the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and those who fought and gave their lives on that day of infamy.

"We will always remember how they died for liberty. We must never forget".

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But they made sure to remember those who were.

The single vote against Congress's declaration of war against Japan came from Rep. Jeannette Rankin of Montana.

"I was on the other side of the island, and I heard blasts", he said of the sneak attack by the Japanese Empire. "And at the war's end, American and Japanese leadership did not remain bound by our former wartime hostilities, but instead chose to forge a new future of reconciliation that has benefitted both of our nations, and indeed the entire Indo-Asia Pacific region, in incalculable ways".

"Be proud of the United States".

"So, I would encourage you, if you know someone who is a World War II survivor that you thank them for their service and thank them for being a part of the Greatest Generation", Rep. Shine said.

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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