Pearl Harbor Commemorative Special Events on the Air

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

None of the attendees were there for that day - what former president Franklin D. Roosevelt called "A date which will live in infamy".

At just past 8:45 in the morning of December 7, 1941, Brackenridge resident Betsy Bianco's father helped shoot down a Japanese plane over Pearl Harbor.

Michael "Mickey" Ganitch, a chief quartermaster on the USS Pennsylvania more than seven decades ago, launched into a chorus of 'Remember Pearl Harbor, ' a 1941 Sammy Kaye hit that was recorded ten days after the Japanese sneak attack.

President Donald Trump and Governor Kay Ivey have ordered all USA flags in the state to be flown at half-staff today.

"That's when we declared war", said Louis Thomas with the Historic Memorial Aviation Museum. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded.

"We are grateful for the 109 people whose names are on the plaque behind me", 9/11 Memorial Committee Chairman Charlie Spano said.

Prior to sharing Davis' story, Newman told those in attendance about the diminishing generation of Pearl Harbor survivors.

'Remember Pearl Harbor, as you go to meet the foe.

America's experience at Pearl Harbor reminds us we can not be trapped by our most recent historical events - that the heroes with us today ensured Pearl Harbor would not be the end of the story, the admiral said.

Herbert Elfring remembered hearing bombs explode and initially thought the explosions were USA training exercises.

Jindrich held out the United States and its military as the most humane country and troops the world has ever known.

There once were 34 Pearl Harbor survivors from the Valley.

Then a fighter plane painting with Japan's World War II Rising Sun insignia strafed the Camp Makaole base where Elfring, 19 at the time, was serving.

"War was going on, I wanted to do my part", he said. We can't forget that.

It's been 76 years since the day Robert Schoonover's father, John, was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Shelbyville High School students placed over 100 wreaths on the graves of veterans at Glenwood Cemetery in remembrance of that attack.

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