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Survivors gather to remember those lost in Pearl Harbor

Several dozen survivors of Pearl Harbor are expected to gather Tuesday at the site of Japanese bombing 80 years ago to remember those killed in the attack that brought America into World War Two. Herb Elfring, 99, said he was happy to return to Pearl Harbor because he barely survived the air attack. “It’s good to be back and be able to participate in the remembrance of that day,” Elfring told reporters over the weekend. Elfring enlisted in the Army, being assigned to the 251st Coast Artillery, part of the California National Guard on December 7, 1941. He recalled the Japanese zero planes flying overhead. and bullets hit his Army base at Camp Malakole, a few miles from the coast. Pearl Harbor. Elfring, who lives in Jackson, Michigan, said he has returned to Hawaii about 10 times to attend the annual memorial service organized by the Navy and the National Park Service. About 30 survivors and about 100 other veterans are expected to join him this year. They will observe a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the same minute that the attack began decades ago. Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro is expected to deliver a keynote speech. The bombing killed more than 2,300 American soldiers. Nearly half – or 1,177 – are Marines and sailors serving on the USS Arizona, a battleship docked in port. Several women who helped the war effort by working in factories traveled to Hawaii to participate in the memorial service this year. Mae Krier, who built B-17s and B-29s at a Boeing factory in Seattle, said it took a while for the world to recognize the work of women. “And we fought together for what I thought. But it took so long to honor what we women have done. And of course, I fought hard for that, to be able to be. we recognize,” said Krier, who is now 95. “But it’s great that they’re finally starting to honor us.” This year’s ceremony came as a powerful storm accompanied by high winds and torrential rain hit Hawaii, flooding roads and knocking down power lines. Navy spokeswoman Brenda Way told The Associated Press in an email Monday that she had heard no discussion about canceling the event because of the storm.

Several dozen survivors of Pearl Harbor are expected to gather Tuesday at the site of Japanese bombing 80 years ago to remember those killed in the attack that brought America into World War Two.

Herb Elfring, 99, said he was happy to return to Pearl Harbor because he barely survived the air attack.

“It’s good to be back and be able to participate in the remembrance of that day,” Elfring told reporters over the weekend.

Elfring joined the Army, assigned to the 251st Coast Artillery, part of the California National Guard on December 7, 1941. He recalled the Japanese zero planes flying overhead and Bullets hit his Army base at Camp Malakole, a few miles from the coast. Pearl Harbor.

Elfring, who lives in Jackson, Michigan, said he has returned to Hawaii about 10 times to attend the annual memorial service organized by the Navy and the National Park Service.

About 30 survivors and about 100 other veterans are expected to join him this year.

They will observe a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the same minute that the attack began decades ago. Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro is expected to deliver a keynote speech.

The bombing killed more than 2,300 American soldiers. Nearly half – or 1,177 – are Marines and sailors serving on the USS Arizona, a battleship docked in port.

Several women who helped the war effort by working in factories traveled to Hawaii to participate in the memorial service this year.

Mae Krier, who built B-17s and B-29s at a Boeing factory in Seattle, said it took a while for the world to recognize the work of women.

“And we fought together for what I thought. But it took so long to honor what we women have done. And of course, I fought hard for that, to be able to be. we recognize,” said Krier, who is now 95. “But it’s great that they’re finally starting to honor us.”

This year’s ceremony came as a powerful storm accompanied by high winds and torrential rain hit Hawaii, flooding roads and knocking down power lines. Navy spokeswoman Brenda Way told The Associated Press in an email Monday that she had heard no discussion about canceling the event because of the storm.

https://www.kcra.com/article/remembering-pearl-harbor-attack/38446204 Survivors gather to remember those lost in Pearl Harbor

JOE HERNANDEZ

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