Tuesday, December 05, 2000

Pearl Harbor survivors meet


Thursday 59 years since attack

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — About 200 survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will meet in Northern Kentucky this week to mark the 59th anniversary of the bombing.

        Members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and their families are meeting at the Drawbridge Inn and Convention Center today through Friday.

        “At one time, we had 16,000 members nationally, but now we're down to less than 9,000,” said Jim Edwards, a member of the association who helped plan the reunion. Most of the survivors are in their 80s, he said.

        One of the main goals of the association is to present members' experiences to schoolchildren and other groups and to ultimately help avoid a repeat of the surprise attack that triggered the United States' entry into World War II.

        The bombing of Pearl Harbor, which was home to the Navy's Pacific fleet, began at 7:55 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941. Among the dead were 2,335 servicemen and 68 civilians. More than 1,178 were wounded.

        The site of the USS Arizona, which sank when a bomb hit an ammunition magazine, has since become a memorial, marking the site where 1,177 men lost their lives.

        The reunion of Pearl Harbor survivors includes a public memorial service Thursday. Two Holmes High School trumpeters will play taps at 12:55 p.m. EST, marking the time the attack began. The Holmes High School concert band also will perform musical arrangements dating back more than 50 years, starting at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Drawbridge Inn's London Hall.

       



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