Scranton veteran who was at Pearl Harbor recalls attack

Kelvin Reese
December 8, 2017

On the 76th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the St. Joseph chapter of the Military Officers Association of America along with the Atchison Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post held a special ceremony in remembrance of all who were killed on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. He said he's still alive because he happened to be on the ship's starboard side.

In thinking about the lessons of Pearl Harbor, Larry said he hopes 'we can build up the military again'.

World War II veteran Tom Kaiser, 89, and Korean War veteran Stan Gavlick, 86, both of Delray Beach, planned the event at Veterans Memorial Park with the Boynton veterans group.

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is located near the center of the Pacific Ocean, roughly 2,000 miles from the USA mainland and about 4,000 miles from Japan.

"Outnumbered and outgunned, they did not hesitate", Trump said.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation honoring National Pearl Harbor Day. "It's unbelievable how many people come up and thank me for my service".

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"I thought they were cleaning out the entrance of Pearl Harbor because it isn't very wide". They are HEROES, and they are living witnesses to American History.

"I'm 100% for my country", said Schimmel.

For Herb Dareff, a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean War, the blanket gave him extra comfort on his wife's birthday who died in March from pulmonary fibrosis. The moment was timed for 7:55 a.m. - the same time the attack began. "They are inspired by it and it's 20 or 30 degrees out here and snowing today".

Davis was an 18-year-old sergeant in the U.S. Army when he personally experienced the attack on Pearl Harbor.

"That we are not forgotten and that some people do appreciate us and what we have done", said Baker. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded. Almost half were on the USS Arizona, which exploded and sank after it was hit by two bombs.

The annual ceremony, organized by the Kenosha Navy Club Ship 40, is held every year on December 7 at Navy Memorial Park, located at 52nd Street and Sixth Avenue. "We honor you for the proud cultural heritage of victory and toughness that you have bestowed on each of us that now wear the uniform in your honor".

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