Veterans remember Pearl Harbor attack

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Veterans remember Pearl Harbor attack
U.S. Navy sailors in a motor launch rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken battleship USS West Virginia (BB-48) during or shortly after the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. USS Tennessee (BB-43) visible behind West Virginia. Note extensive distortion of West Virginia´s lower midships superstructure, caused by torpedo hits below. Also note 5"/25 gun, still partially covered with canvas, boat crane swung outboard and empty boat cradles near the smokestacks, and base of radar antenna atop West Virginia´s (BB-48) foremast.

Veterans are remembering the Pearl Harbor attack, and two of them will meet to share their stories. Richard Overton and Elmer Hill are both 107 years old. They will meet on Nov. 7 to remind others about Pearl Harbor, and the sacrifices made that day.

A historic meeting is happening on Nov. 7 with two veterans, according to News Today. Richard Overton and Elmer Hill have not met before, but the two veterans have remarkable stories about the war. At 107 years old, this may be their last chance to get together and share these stories with the world.

Veterans who remember the Pearl Harbor attack are decreasing every year. However, Overton and Hill, the last few survivors, will try to make a difference. Richard Overton points out he is grateful to meet another World War II veteran. He mentions that many of his veteran friends have already passed away.

Nov. 7 marks the 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Although some feel that the meeting for Richard Overton and Elmer Hill is simply staged, it is important to note that the veterans did not plan it. Others around them felt this was a good opportunity for World War II vets to see each other.

The Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors note that the number of veterans from World War II is falling rapidly. They try to find and communicate with them during the holidays, but they are noticing the falling numbers. As more veterans pass away, there is a concern that people will forget about their sacrifices. The group has tried to record and document everything they find about the veterans.

Another survivor of Pearl Harbor, Armando Galella, will not be joining the other two veterans, but he has found his own way to honor the past. The 93-year-old laid a wreath at a memorial for a fallen friend. He shared his story about Pearl Harbor. They were eating in the mess hall and heard the characteristic sounds of planes and bombs. He lost his friend during the bombing.

Armando Galella still finds the strength to talk to children in schools. He wants them to know about the soldiers who gave up their lives for freedom. He thinks it is important for everyone to remember the past and the wars because they have had a direct impact on current society. Galella wants to make sure people do not forget.

 

 

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