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Local 97-year-old Pearl Harbor vet honored by President Trump

08 December 2017, 01:41 | Myron Mathis

Local 97-year-old Pearl Harbor vet honored by President Trump

Local 97-year-old Pearl Harbor vet honored by President Trump

Residents and veterans gathered at a war memorial park in Boynton Beach on Thursday to mark 76 years since the Pearl Harbor attack by singing God Bless America, praying in silence and unveiling a monument with an image of the USS Arizona on it. He said he's still alive because he happened to be on the ship's starboard side.

"He'd not only survived the blast, and the flaming waters of the Pearl Harbor, he swam back to save the ship", Young said of his grandfather.

Close and Al McCloud, a 93-year-old World War II Navy veteran, were the guest of honor at Thursday's service.

As an example of this humanitarianism, Jindirch cited that if combatants against the USA military turn their backs to US soldiers and run away, our country's rules of engagement forbid soldiers from firing on them.

The Belton VFW says they never miss a chance to learn from and honor the past.

A handful of World War II veterans gave short speeches about their time in war and what they remember from Pearl Harbor. "It's wonderful how many people come up and thank me for my service".

"They fought. They bled.

I'm 100% for my country", said Schimmel.

"I have one of those caps that says "Pearl Harbor Survivor" on it", he said. On December 7, after months of planning and practice, the Japanese launched their attack. "They are inspired by it and it's 20 or 30 degrees out here and snowing today".

Paul Harless was already in the service at the time of Pearl Harbor, he started out on Roosevelt's yacht, the Potomac, but he soon saw more action. Still, it's an event that most said they'd attend again. At 8:10, a 1,800-pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship USS Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine.

Davis was an 18-year-old sergeant in the U.S. Army when he personally experienced the attack on Pearl Harbor.

"Hearing the alarm, you report for your battle station immediately, in whatever you are wearing", Ganitch, now living in Alameda, California, recounted to Saluting Military Recruits when he was honored by the San Francisco Bay Area veterans organization in June. Soon after, the US was fully involved in World War II.

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