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December 7, 2011

Pearl Harbor 70th anniversary

Some 100 survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor will gather in Hawaii today 70 years after the day which drew the US into World War II. The Japanese air and naval strike on the American military base claimed nearly 2,400 lives, destroyed over 160 aircraft and beached, damaged or destroyed over 20 ships. President Franklin D. called it " a date which will live in infamy" when he addressed the Congress the next day asking to declare war with Japan. -- Lloyd Young (35 photos total)

Ernest "Dave" Davenport, 90, of Virginia Beach, Va., is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was an aviation machinists mate on a PBY 5 Catalina, a sea plane. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot)

Eugene Gorman,92, is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a 3rd class petty officer aboard the USS Hulbert, a sea plane tender at the time of the attack. He made the Navy a career and retired as a Warrant officer. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot) #

Preston Parham, 89, is a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was aboard the light cruiser St. Louis. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot) #

Lester A. Silva,88, of Virginia Beach is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was stationed aboard the light cruiser USS Detroit at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He suffered a leg wound during the attack. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot) #

Bob Brunner Sr., 89, of Norfolk, Va., is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a pharmacists mate at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Brunner spent 21 years in the Navy and retired as a chief corpsman. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot) #

Dean Griffeth, 94, of Norfolk, Va., is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He spent 30 years in the Navy and then spent 25 years working at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth. He was aboard the USS Phelps at the time of the attack. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot) #

Paul Moore, 90, of Chesapeake,, Va., is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a seaman aboard the battleship West Virginia when it was hit by a Japanese torpedo at Pearl Harbor. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot) #

Ray Baer, 93, of Norfolk, Va., is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a Petty Officer 3rd class at the time of the attack. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot) #

Wilfred Gagne, 89, is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a signalman aboard the battleship USS Tennessee. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot) #

Pearl Harbor veteran Evans Brasset, who was a signalman on the USS Rigel during the attack, poses for a picture at his home in Harvey, Louisiana. The National World War II Museum is launching a new exhibit about Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, the 70th anniversary of the attack. (Lee Celano/Reuters) #

Pearl Harbor veteran Robert Templet, who was a Radioman 1st Class at Ford Island, Hawaii during the attack, is seen outside his home in Metairie, Louisiana. Templet was walking to breakfast on that Sunday, December 7, when he heard a plane motor surging at his back. He turned and saw the pilot, his goggles atop his head, smiling down at him before a torpedo fell from the plane's belly. Stories like Templet's are being documented in "Infamy: December 1941," an exhibit opening on Dec. 7, the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. (Lee Celano/Reuters) #

Frank A. Chebetar, 90, sits down during a weekly visit to the Pearl Harbor Memorial at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va. Chebetar, 90, was a ships cook aboard the destroyer Phelps at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He pays a visit to the memorial each week to shine the bell. And on this day, he was making last minute preparations for the annual remembrance ceremony, Dec. 7. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot) #

Japanese soldiers wave at a plane from under their flag Dec. 7, 1941 just before the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Getty Images) #

The USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. (US Navy/Associated Press) #

Ford Island is seen in this ariel view during the Japanese attack on Pearl harbor Dec. 7, 1941 in Hawaii. The photo was taken from a Japanese plane. ( Getty Images) #

The battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea during a Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Wednesday is the 70th anniversary of the attack that brought the United States into World War II. (Associated Press) #

The US Pacific Fleet in flames following the surprise attack by Japanese warplanes. The carefully-planned and well-executed attack removed the United States Navy's battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's southward expansion. (AFP/Getty Images) #

A small boat rescues seaman from the USS West Virginia which is burning in the foreground during the attack on Pearl Harbor. (US Navy) #

The USS Maryland (left) moored inboard and the USS Oklahoma, which capsized, (right) after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. (US Navy/Associated Press) The attack plunged the US into World War II. #

This captured Japanese photograph shows the attack on Pearl Harbor. In the distance, the smoke rises from Hickam Field. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack in which over 2,400 members of the United States military were killed. (US Navy/Reuters) #

A burnt B-17C aircraft rests near Hangar Number Five, Hickam Field, following the attack by Japanese aircraft on Pearl Harbor. (US Navy/Reuters) #

A view of the USS West Virginia in flames in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Dec. 7, 1941. (US Navy/Reuters) #

The US Navy battleship USS California is seen ablaze after an attack by Japanese carrier based strike aircraft on the Hawaiian port of Pearl Harbor. (US Navy) #

Survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor wait outside before starting their tour of the USS Arizona Memorial at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu Dec. 5. (Hugh Gentry/Reuters) #

Pearl Harbor survivor Richard Mayo talks to US Navy Chief Nixon Galan at the "Remembrance Wall" on the Arizona Memorial at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii Dec. 5. Some 100 aging Pearl Harbor Survivors will attend ceremonies on Dec. 7th in Oahu marking the 70th anniversary of the Japanese air and naval assault. (Hugh Gentry/Reuters) #

Navy Region Hawaii Honor Guard march past a photograph of Pearl Harbor survivor Lee Soucy during the interment ceremony for Soucy Dec. 6 in Honolulu. Soucy, who died last year at the age of 90, wanted to have his ashes interred inside the USS Utah, his ship that sank during the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (Marco Garcia/Associated Press) #

Navy Region Hawaii Honor Guard seaman Nick Marrero, of Greenville, Texas, holds an urn with the ashes of Pearl Harbor survivor Lee Soucy during Soucy's interment ceremony Dec. 6. (Marco Garcia/Associated Press) #

US Navy divers carry the remains of Pearl Harbor survivor Lou Soucy, to be interred on the USS Utah, during a memorial ceremony on Ford Island in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dec. 6. (Hugh Gentry/Reuters) #

A US Navy sailor plays taps for Pearl Harbor survivor Lou Soucy, whose remains were being interred on the USS Utah, during a memorial ceremony on Ford Island Dec. 6. (Hugh Gentry/Reuters) #

A B-17 bomber flies by a Pearl Harbor memorial service on the 70th anniversary of the attacks Dec. 7 in Phoenix, AZ. (Matt York/Associated Press) #

Pearl Harbor survivor Edward Borucki participates in the "Walk of Honor" during the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu Dec. 7. (Hugh Gentry/Reuters) #

As sailors stand at attention, the USS Chung-Hoon sails past the USS Arizona Memorial during the Pearl Harbor memorial ceremony on Dec. 7 in Pearl Harbor. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base which pulled the US into a war with Japan. (Marco Garcia/Associated Press) #

Pearl Harbor Survivors Nelson Mitchell, 91 (left) and Marvin Rewerts, 89 walk past the USS Arizona Memorial after placing a wreath there at the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremonies Dec. 7 in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press) #

World War II Veteran with the Navy WAVES, Helen Coyte, raises her arms as the 108th Army Band performs "Anchors Aweigh" at the Peal Harbor Remembrance Day ceremonies Dec. 7 in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press) #

Pearl Harbor survivors stand at attention during the National Anthem during the Pearl Harbor memorial ceremony Dec. 7 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base which pulled the US into a war with Japan. (Marco Garcia/Associated Press) #




 
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