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December 7th

On a recent trip to Hawaii, we spent a day at the Pearl Harbor historic sites. Visiting the U.S.S. Arizona memorial was at the top of the itinerary for both my husband and me.

I knew I would be overcome with emotion visiting this monument to the over one thousand sailors and Marines killed in the attack on the ship on December 7, 1941--most of whom are still entombed in the water beneath.

pearl harbor memorial

I did not know that many of those who had survived the attack are now interred at the memorial. Forty-five of the surviving men had chosen for their final resting place to be with their shipmates.

pearl harbor memorial

On this, the 82nd anniversary of that infamous date, there remains just one living U.S.S. Arizona survivor.


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