Local survivors remember Pearl Harbor

first_imgo The national Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will disband at the end of the year. The Pacific Northwest Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors will continue Vancouver’s annual Dec. 7 commemorations.Members of the Vancouver chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association (not all attended Wednesday’s event), plus three Portland-area survivors who attended the commemoration:o Larry Lydon, USS San Francisco.o Joseph Bailey, USS Whitney.o George Bennett, Ford Island.o John Bruening, Schofield Barracks.o Bernard DeGrave, USS Montgomery.o Gebhard Galle, USS Nevada.o Paul Johnson, USS Castor.o Marvin Kaufmann, USS Whitney.o Harold Lacy, USS Tennessee.o John Leach, USS California.o Don Raymond, USS Sunnadin.o Ralph Laedtke, USS Solace.o G.R. Hatton, USS Worden.o Ed Cogan, Hickham Field.o Gene Cole, Bellows Field.o Albert Montague, submarine base.Some of them realized our nation was at war when machine gun bullets started buzzing around them.A few sailors knew something was wrong when their ships shuddered; in one case, the jolt was strong enough to knock breakfast off the table.Wednesday marked the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on America’s Pacific stronghold, which plunged the nation into World War II.When a dozen local Pearl Harbor survivors gathered to mark the anniversary, it was a chance to share some of those stories — and to honor more than 2,300 military personnel who were killed on Dec. 7, 1941.Don Raymond said he was among those who survived machine gun fire when the quiet Sunday morning skies over the harbor suddenly erupted with Japanese warplanes.last_img read more

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