Pearl Harbor survivor speaks in Oshkosh on attack's 76th anniversary

Historic Ships In Baltimore Hosts Annual Pearl Harbor Ceremony

President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Thursday marking December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Willard Carleton Orr, a Bangor resident who died in Pearl Harbor.

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On this day 76 years ago, over 2,000 Americans were killed in a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

"I had just finished breakfast", said Clyde Stephenson, a retired Marine who served aboard the U.S.S. California in Pearl Harbor. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded.

"I don't think about it too much anymore because something like this brings it back to your memory", Stephenson said.

Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, spoke directly to the World War II veterans, thanking them for the sacrifices they made in the past, forging a cultural heritage of resilience that Sailors continue to draw from today.

Not numerous veterans were able to walk unassisted around the monument's perimeter as they placed wreaths at the foot of the inscription that reads "Here we mark the price of freedom".

There was a touching tribute to survivors of Pearl Harbor at the state Capitol on Thursday. They are HEROES, and they are living witnesses to American History.

"I see the invasions over and over again", he said.

He said the attack was a "bad mistake of misjudging" America.

"Let's remember Pearl Harbor as we go to meet the foe".

A half-dozen veterans of the attack, wearing medals and military hats, attended the ceremony and bantered with the president as he commemorated their service.

"We are building up the military beyond what you ever thought. You'll never forget that, right?"

As an example of this humanitarianism, Jindirch cited that if combatants against the USA military turn their backs to US soldiers and run away, our country's rules of engagement forbid soldiers from firing on them. "To have the ship mast and lookout over the water and remember those who gave on behalf of our country to help us win maybe our most important war".

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