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Survivors mark 74th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU A handful of aging U.S. military veterans who survived the surprise Japanese bombing raid that drew the United States into Planet War Two marked the 74th anniversary of the attack in a somber wreath-presentation ceremony on Monday at Pearl Harbor.

The survivors, who wore Hawaiian leis around their necks, watched as a bugler played “Taps” and onlookers placed their hands on their hearts.

The Japanese air and naval assault on Dec. 7, 1941, a date that U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt stated “will reside in infamy,” took 2,390 American lives. The United States declared war on Japan the next day.

Nearly half of those who perished at Pearl Harbor have been sailors aboard the battleship USS Arizona, which Japanese torpedo bombers sank early in the attack, sending 1,177 of its 1,400-member crew to their deaths.

U.S. Navy officials stated about two dozen veterans who have been on the island of Oahu the morning of the attack were nicely adequate to attend commemoration ceremonies on Monday. The number of aging survivors able to attend the ceremony has been dwindling steadily over the years.

Participants in the ceremony on Monday gathered at Kilo Pier, searching out more than the USS Arizona Memorial built over the remains of the ship.

Three of the survivors took a small boat from the pier to the USS Arizona Memorial where they participated in a wreath-presentation ceremony. Wreaths from all branches of the U.S. military and the states of Hawaii and Arizona have been propped up on wooden stands for the commemoration.

A whistle blast from the USS Preble in the water beyond the pier marked the beginning of a moment of silence at the ceremony, which was broken by a flyover of F-22 fighter jets.

Later, the crew of the USS Preble stood on the bow of the ship and saluted as the Navy ship passed by.

(Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Pearl Harbor ceremony unites former U.S. and Japanese pilots

HONOLULU Former U.S. airman Jack DeTour, 92, and Japanese fighter pilot Shiro Wakita, 88, sworn enemies in the course of Planet War Two, collectively poured whiskey from a battered canteen into Pearl Harbor on Sunday to commemorate the 1941 attack on the U.S. naval base.

As the sun rose over the USS Arizona Memorial, the two former enemy pilots joined the “Blackened Canteen” service on the eve of the 74th anniversary of the Dec. 7 attack, which took two,403 lives and drew the United States into Globe War Two.

Standing side by side following meeting for the 1st time ever, retired Air Force Colonel DeTour and former Imperial Japanese Navy Zero Pilot Wakita together gripped the war-torn U.S. military-concern metal canteen and poured whiskey into the watery grave of the U.S. Navy ship sunk by Japanese bombers.

Now a symbol of friendship, the scorched war relic was recovered in 1945 in Shizuoka, Japan after two B-29 U.S. bombers collided overhead. The 23 Americans killed were buried alongside Japanese citizens who died in the bombing raid. Located among the wreckage was the blackened canteen, filled with whiskey, and it was kept in Japan to don’t forget loved ones lost.

Because the 1980s, Japanese residents have routinely brought it to Pearl Harbor for the ceremony aimed at keeping peace.

“To know we have this friendship is excellent. It is fantastic,” stated DeTour, who wore a purple flower lei more than his dark suit.

DeTour now lives in Honolulu and was a young man from Oregon when he joined the military in 1942.

There were no Pearl Harbor survivors among the Planet War Two veterans attending this year’s canteen ceremony, mentioned Gary Meyers, spokesman for the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

The final surviving officer from the USS Arizona, Joseph Langdell, died on Feb. four in California at age one hundred. An internment service for Langdell, who was a 27-year-old ensign sleeping in quarters on shore when the surprise attack was launched, will take place at Pearl Harbor on Monday.

At the canteen ceremony, Dr. Hiroya Sugano, director of the Zero Fighter Admirers’ Club, stated he keeps the canteen in his possession and carries it to the ceremony each and every year due to the fact it is a potent symbol.

“The blackened canteen is an inspiration for peace,” said Sugano.

(Writing by Barbara Goldberg in New York Editing by Andrew Hay)

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