Pear Harbor veterans honored in Acadiana


The brick monument recognizes the 50 Wisconsin veterans - including Kenosha's Paul Herrick - who accounted for the more than 2,400 United States sailors, soldiers and civilians who died when Japan attacked the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. He said he's still alive because he happened to be on the ship's starboard side.

"Let's remember Pearl Harbor as we go to meet the foe. And in that sense of not forgetting, you honor your fellow sailors and soldiers and airmen and Marines who perished that day, and who continue to carry the fight, the fight of our greatest generation into World War II".

"We honor you today, and every day, even though 76 years have gone by", Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans' Services Francisco Ureña told the survivors.

Lawson was stationed at Pearl Harbor on that infamous day but was on the other side of the island during the attack.

Just before 8 a.m. on that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes descended on the base, where they managed to destroy or damage almost 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and over 300 airplanes.

Rep. Shine closed out his speech at the event with the Patriot's Prayer, asking that God Bless our nation, service members and veterans.

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"When I looked up and saw the red ball on the fuselage I knew it wasn't our plane", he said.

The Riverside National Cemetery All Forces Color Guard presents colors during the 11th Annual Pearl Harbor Commemorative Ceremony in Norco on Thursday, Dec. 7. They began the ceremony at noon, which was 7 Hawaii.

It was a day of remembrance at Kenosha's Navy Memorial Park. Still, it's an event that most said they'd attend again. Most of the Arizona's fallen are entombed in the battleship, which lies at the bottom of the harbor. The devastating surprise left more than 2,400 Americans dead, including civilians, and another thousand wounded.

But he says remembrance ceremonies like Thursday's put on by AMVETS Post #7 in Oshkosh are important. He was waiting, we understand, for appointment to the Military Academy, but that didn't happen, so he made a decision to go Navy.

Japan and the US became close allies after the war.