Rep. Shine, fellow veterans remember Pearl Harbor

Esequiel Farfan
Diciembre 8, 2017

Almost eight decades after Japanese forces attacked the USA 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. He said he's still alive because he happened to be on the ship's starboard side.

Now he leads a pledge to the country he served so well, and in front of a Pearl Harbor memorial bearing his name, repeats a quote we know so well.

World War II veteran Tom Kaiser, 89, and Korean War veteran Stan Gavlick, 86, both of Delray Beach, planned the event at Veterans Memorial Park with the Boynton veterans group. Boynton resident Michael Metcalf died at 22 on April 22, 2012, when the U.S. Army soldier rushed to rescue his comrades in Afghanistan and drove over a bomb.

"Today we pay tribute to those members of the Greatest Generation", said Jason Blout, Chief of Interpretation for the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument".

Trump was joined by six Pearl Harbor veterans who he praised as heroes.

"As a woman", she said, "I can't go to war, and I refuse to send anyone else". "I went down to the mess hall on the second deck and they had a big old radio in there and they had the news on it and the first thing I heard was that the Oklahoma was on fire and the West Virginia was still fightin'".

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A standing ovation for three Pearl Harbor survivors from Pennsylvania. "Unfortunately, a lot of Americans died that day", on December 7, 1941.

The ceremony began with a moment of silence in honor of those who lost their lives. "They are inspired by it and it's 20 or 30 degrees out here and snowing today".

"On that destroyer we were at Normandy on D-DAY, shelling the coast and we did quite a bit of shelling off the coast and getting shelled back", said Joe Battista. Most of the Arizona's fallen are entombed in the battleship, which lies at the bottom of the harbor.

But he says remembrance ceremonies like Thursday's put on by AMVETS Post #7 in Oshkosh are important.

The memorial was dedicated on September 2, 2000, marking the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.

"We are building up the military beyond what you ever thought". Soon after, the USA was fully involved in World War II.

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