Jacksonville veterans remember lives lost in Pearl Harbor attack
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Monday marks 79 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Fleet Reserve Association Branch 290 held a remembrance ceremony Monday at its lodge off Mayport Road, honoring the lives lost in a pivotal moment for World War II and U.S. history. The ceremony was shorter and more subdued than years past, in large part because of the pandemic. But a few veterans gathered to pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. “It’s very important for us to come together and remember days like this because it reminds us of why the men and women who served before us did what they did,” said Tommy Stephens, president of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 290.
Pearl Harbor dead remembered in ceremony shrunk by pandemic
A U.S. Navy sailor plays taps in front of the USS Missouri during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Officials gathered in Pearl Harbor to remember those killed in the 1941 Japanese attack, but public health measures adopted because of the coronavirus pandemic meant no survivors were present. The military broadcast video of the ceremony live online for survivors and members of the public to watch from afar. The Arizona today lies at the bottom of the harbor, where it sank shortly being hit by two bombs. Warren Upton, a 101-year-old who served on the USS Utah, understood why he could not attend in person this year.
Survivors remember Pearl Harbor at home this year amid virus
Ganitch was getting ready for a match pitting his ship, the USS Pennsylvania, against the USS Arizona when Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)HONOLULU – Navy sailor Mickey Ganitch was getting ready to play in a Pearl Harbor football game as the sun came up on Dec. 7, 1941. Nearly eight decades ago, Ganitch's USS Pennsylvania football team was scheduled to face off against the USS Arizona team. They're why Ganitch likes returning to Pearl Harbor for the annual remembrance ceremony on Dec. 7. Kathleen Farley, California chairwoman of the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors, said many survivors are already talking about going to Hawaii next year for the 80th anniversary if it's safe by then.
Jacksonville sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack to be laid to rest 61 years later
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 22-year-old Jacksonville man killed aboard the USS Oklahoma when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, is finally accounted for, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The service subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y chromosomal DNA (Y-STR) and autosomal STR DNA (auSTR) analysis.
Jacksonville sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack to be laid to rest 79 years later
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 22-year-old Jacksonville man killed aboard the USS Oklahoma when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, has finally been accounted for and laid to rest, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The service subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y chromosomal DNA (Y-STR) and autosomal STR DNA (auSTR) analysis.
Navy to name aircraft carrier for Pearl Harbor hero Doris Miller
HONOLULU, Hawaii – The U.S. Navy is expected to honor a World War II hero when a new aircraft carrier is named for Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller. The announcement is expected to be made at Pearl Harbor Monday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday. “Without him really knowing, he actually was a part of the Civil Rights movement because he changed the thinking in the Navy,” Ravenscroft said. Two of Miller’s nieces are expected to be at Pearl Harbor for the announcement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, presented the Navy Cross to Miller in Pearl Harbor in May 1942.
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Mayport remembers Pearl Harbor on 77th anniversary
MAYPORT, Fla. – Members of Fleet Reserve at Mayport Naval Station gathered to honor the brave men and women of the military who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago. There were speeches that recalled the day when Japan bombed American warships and countless people died during the attack on Pearl Harbor which changed the course of World War II forever. "It's a solemn day, so it's bittersweet," said Chad Burg of Fleet Reserve Association Branch 290. The last member of the Mayport Pearl Harbor Survivors Club, Robert Beaudreau, 98, died in September which made Friday's ceremony even more meaning. He had to crawl across the hawser line to get from the USS West Virginia to the USS Tennessee to survive.