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75th Commemoration of Pearl Harbor Attacks Special Report

Graphic of a World War II veteran and a U.S. Navy Sailor saluting

The 75th commemoration of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor and other U.S. military facilities on Oahu is an opportunity for us to honor the courage, service and sacrifice of the U.S. military personnel present during the attacks.

Just like the Sailors attacked on Dec. 7th, 1941, today’s U.S. Navy Sailors embody our four core attributes of toughness, accountability, integrity and initiative.

Continue to follow this blog as we share how our Sailors are honoring the past and inspiring the future.

Highlights

#HonorThePast to #InspireTheFuture

To learn more about the history of the attack, check out Naval History and Heritage Command’s website and check out its Facebook page. Commemoration resources are also available on its website.

Thousands Commemorate 75th Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor

Thousands gathered at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Kilo Piers Dec. 7 to witness the 75th Commemoration Event of the Attack on Pearl Harbor.

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USS Oklahoma Crew Honored during Memorial Ceremony

The first thing Lt. Patrick Zuchelli notices is the silence out on the water of Pearl Harbor. It’s the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks and he’s waiting patiently for the boat that will take him and about 300 others to the USS Arizona Memorial for a special interment service.

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Interment Ceremony Aboard USS Arizona Honors Survivors and Victims on 75th Anniversary

The first thing Lt. Patrick Zuchelli notices is the silence out on the water of Pearl Harbor. It’s the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks and he’s waiting patiently for the boat that will take him and about 300 others to the USS Arizona Memorial for a special interment service.

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Basketball Invitational Honors Pearl Harbor Veterans

The U.S. Pacific Fleet Band welcomed a lively crowd of active-duty military and visitors with spirited music at the historic Bloch Arena on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to open the Fox Sports1 Pearl Harbor Invitational basketball tournament spanning Dec. 6-7.

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Sunset Memorial Held for USS Utah Sailors

As the sun slowly sets on the horizon, forming a golden hue in the clouds, Pearl Harbor survivors, World War II veterans and guests, gathered at the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, for a sunset tribute, Dec. 6.

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Peace and Reconciliation Emphasized at Annual Blackened Canteen Ceremony

On a warm June evening in 1945, in the skies over Shizuoka, Japan, two U.S. Army Air Force B-29s from 314th Bomb Wing collided during a planned bombing raid, killing all 23 American crewmen on board.

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Pearl Harbor White Boat Crew Reflect on Significance of History and Tradition as 75th Anniversary Draws Near

Each day,  Petty Officer 1st Class Wren Pettett has the honor of driving one of the white boats that tour the waters of Pearl Harbor, as visitors from around the world come to pay their respects and learn about the history that lives in infamy after that fateful December day in 1941.

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But on Dec. 5, Pettett drove around perhaps the most important kind of visitor: the survivors of the Pearl Harbor attacks and their families, here to honor the 75th anniversary of one of the United States’ darkest days. For the young Oklahoman, he expressed that “opportunity of a lifetime” doesn’t begin to justify the honor.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Becomes Honorary U.S. Pacific Fleet Band Bandmaster

The U.S. Pacific Fleet Band appointed Ira “Ike” Schab as an honorary bandmaster, Dec. 5, during a concert at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu, Dec. 7, 1941.

Schab, the sole living survivor of Navy Band Unit 13, enlisted in the Navy in 1939 after a successful tuba audition. His hope: to one day become a bandmaster, but he never received the opportunity. During the morning of the attack, Schab spent the day passing ammunition to gunners, everyone working tirelessly to take down enemy aircraft.

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 Pearl Harbor Survivors and Visitors Get First Glimpse of “Remember Pearl Harbor” Documentary

PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 4, 2016) Pearl Harbor survivors, World War II veterans and general public attend a presentation of the WWII documentary "Remember Pearl Harbor" at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Troutman/Released)
PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 4, 2016) Pearl Harbor survivors, World War II veterans and general public attend a presentation of the WWII documentary “Remember Pearl Harbor” at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Troutman/Released)

Pearl Harbor survivors, family members and visitors watched the premiere of “Remember Pearl Harbor” in silence as they paid tribute to its honored guests, the survivors of Pearl Harbor, at the Pacific Aviation Museum, Dec. 4. The World War II Foundation’s film focused on the personal stories of those who served in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, or those who witnessed the events that took place that day.

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More than 100 WWII Veterans Arrive in Honolulu on Honor Flight

HONOLULU (Dec. 3, 2016) Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Charping, of Charlotte, N.C., assigned to Navy Information Operation Command (NIOC), gets a hug from a World War II veteran arriving at Honolulu International Airport. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nardel Gervacio/Released)
HONOLULU (Dec. 3, 2016) Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Charping, of Charlotte, N.C., assigned to Navy Information Operation Command (NIOC), gets a hug from a World War II veteran arriving at Honolulu International Airport. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nardel Gervacio/Released)

Past and present met when Sailors from Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam greeted more than 100 World War II veterans, including Pearl Harbor survivors, when they arrived at the Honolulu International Airport, Dec. 3, for the upcoming 75th Pearl Harbor commemoration events throughout the island of Oahu.

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USS John C. Stennis Arrives in Hawaii for 75th Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 2, to participate in National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day events in Hawaii. Prior to arriving in Hawaii and after its departure, John C. Stennis conducted at-sea training to maintain and build technical and operational proficiency. Ongoing training is essential in ensuring U.S. warships remain capable, adaptive and able to carry out an array of missions around the world.

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Sailors Honor Fallen Pearl Harbor Heroes

PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 2, 2016) Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Smith, a Navy reservist from Frederick, Maryland, salutes Pearl Harbor survivor Donald Stratton during a ceremony to honor the fallen men of the Pennsylvania-class battleship USS Arizona at National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu. Stratton was a seaman first class when he escaped the burning wreckage of USS Arizona. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabrielle Joyner/Released)
PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 2, 2016) Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Smith, a Navy reservist from Frederick, Maryland, salutes Pearl Harbor survivor Donald Stratton during a ceremony to honor the fallen men of the Pennsylvania-class battleship USS Arizona at National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu. Stratton was a seaman first class when he escaped the burning wreckage of USS Arizona. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabrielle Joyner/Released)

During a wreath-laying ceremony at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu Dec. 2, USS Arizona survivors were joined by their families, service members and civilians to honor their fallen shipmates lost during the Pearl Harbor attack.

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Rain Provides Reflection during Pearl Harbor Survivor Memorial Service

PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 1, 2016) A member of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Honors and Ceremonial Guard presents Bob Bracci, honorary member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, with an ensign during an ash-scattering ceremony at the USS Utah Memorial for Pearl Harbor survivor Jack A. Stoeber. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabrielle Joyner/Released)
PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 1, 2016) A member of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Honors and Ceremonial Guard presents Bob Bracci, honorary member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, with an ensign during an ash-scattering ceremony at the USS Utah Memorial for Pearl Harbor survivor Jack A. Stoeber. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabrielle Joyner/Released)

Sailors and friends gathered at the USS Utah Memorial for an ash scattering ceremony honoring Pearl Harbor survivor Jack A. Stoeber at Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Dec. 1. Stoeber served as a carpenter’s mate and was stationed aboard the Dobbin-class destroyer tender USS Whitney (AD 4) during the attacks. He was supposed to be on leave to visit his uncle that day, but his plans changed and he stayed on the ship.

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