USS Arizona Survivors Get Aerial Tour ahead of Pearl Harbor's 76th Commemoration

USS Arizona Survivors Get Aerial Tour ahead of Pearl Harbor's 76th Commemoration

Today marks 76 years since the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Petroleum Club marked the day with a luncheon to honor Acadiana veterans who were at Pearl Harbor that day. He said he's still alive because he happened to be on the ship's starboard side.

After the Pearl Harbor attack, and for the first time during years of discussion and debate, the American people were united in their determination to go to war.

Wetzel, 70, is a former U.S. Army soldier who served in the 173rd Assault Helicopter Company and 11th Combat Aviation Battalion from 1965 to 1968.

During this aerial tour of the historic site, the survivors - Lauren Bruner, Howard "Ken" Potts, and Donald Stratton - were given the opportunity to once again honor the 1,177 shipmates they lost during the attack.

The ceremony has been taking place at Riverfront Park in Atchison since 2010 when a memorial containing a piece of the USS Arizona, that was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor, was put on display.

Keynote speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Steve Twomey shared personal accounts of people whose lives were forever changed after the events of December 7th, uniting the country in an unwavering resolve to fight and rise to the challenges before them.

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He then thanked the six veterans for their service.

While the attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise, Japan and the United States had been edging toward war for decades. They began the ceremony at noon, which was 7 Hawaii. "Along the way, they forged a cultural heritage of resilience that sailors continue to draw upon today. We did that for a month", he said.

More than 2,300 servicemen died in the attack. Almost half were on the USS Arizona, which exploded and sank after it was hit by two bombs. Pearl Harbor is a USA naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii, and the scene of that devastating surprise attack.

After the ceremony, survivors and dignitaries were expected to ride a boat to the Arizona memorial and present wreaths in remembrance of those killed.

"Hearing the alarm, you report for your battle station immediately, in whatever you are wearing", Ganitch, now living in Alameda, California, recounted to Saluting Military Recruits when he was honored by the San Francisco Bay Area veterans organization in June.

Alston said the atomic bombs were necessary during World War II.