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Pacific Fleet Commander: Pearl Harbor Response Had No Shortage of Bravery

Pacific Fleet Commander: Pearl Harbor Response Had No Shortage of Bravery

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

"There is not a person in this great country who has not been impacted, in some way, from the events that took place in World War II and in Pearl Harbor", Day said.

President Donald Trump today honored Baldwinsville native Lawrence Parry, a veteran who survived the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The president also promised them his administration would build up the military.

Almost eight decades after Japanese forces attacked the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, memories of the shocking event and the nation's participation in World War II still echo in the minds of Chicago-area veterans and their families.

"I had just finished breakfast", said Clyde Stephenson, a retired Marine who served aboard the U.S.S. California in Pearl Harbor.

At about 8 a.m., Japanese planes filled the sky over Pearl Harbor. More than a year after the initial attacks, Bell was sent back to the United States.

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"We honor you today for the proud cultural heritage of victory and toughness that you have bestowed on each of us that now wear the uniform in your honor", he said.

Alston has returned to Pearl Harbor on some anniversaries since 1941, like the 50th and the 75th.

Just before 8 a.m. on that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes descended on the base, where they managed to destroy or damage almost 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and over 300 airplanes. He recalls the dates, the assignments, the people he both met and lost, and he remembers the unbelievable sadness that was engulfing the world around him.

He said the attack was a "bad mistake of misjudging" America. They were joined by about 2,000 Navy sailors, officials and members of the public.

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.

Mukoyama, a Chicago native of Japanese descent, became the first Asian-American in USA history to command an army division in 1986. "By the end of the war, Pacific Fleet submarines had conducted 488 war patrols, and were responsible for more than half of all enemy ships that were sunk". He served out the rest of WWII in the Pacific theater, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. We can't forget that.


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