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12/7/11 1:40 PM
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FCTV808
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gdi we talk about the civil war like it was a long time ago, friggin things that happened in the "last century" are really beginning to fade into the past.

my kod this life...

from the staradvertiser:

The heroism and sacrifices of military members and civilians 70 years ago today are being remembered in a ceremony rich with military pomp and symbolism at the water’s edge of Pearl Harbor.

At 7:55 a.m. — the moment that Japanese fighter planes attacked Pearl Harbor and catapulted America into World War II in 1941 — the guided missile destroy USS Chung Hoon sounded its whistle and rendered honors to those killed in the attack, some still interred in the sunken remains of the USS?Arizona, as well as to those still alive who witnessed the act of Japanese aggression on U.S. soil across Oahu.

The Chung Hoon was named after Gordon Paiea Chung-Hoon of Honolulu, who was stationed aboard the USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941 and later received the Navy Cross and Silver Star on his way to becoming a rear admiral.

About 120 survivors joined Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, military leaders and civilians to observe the moment of silence in Pearl Harbor.

Mal Middlesworth, a Marine veteran who was on the USS San Francisco during the bombing, will deliver the keynote address.

President Barack Obama hailed veterans of the bombing in a statement proclaiming Wednesday “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”

“Their tenacity helped define the Greatest Generation and their valor fortified all who served during World War II. As a nation, we look to December 7, 1941, to draw strength from the example set by these patriots and to honor all who have sacrificed for our freedoms,” he said.

Also this week, five ash scattering and interment ceremonies are being held for five survivors whose cremated remains are returning to Pearl Harbor after their deaths.

On Tuesday, an urn containing the ashes of Lee Soucy was placed on his battleship, the USS Utah, which is lying on its side near the place where it sank 70 years ago. The ashes of Vernon Olsen, who was on the Arizona during the attack, will be placed on his ship late Wednesday.

The U.S. lost 12 vessels that day, but the Arizona and the Utah are the only ones still sitting in the harbor. The ashes of three others are being scattered in the water in separate ceremonies this week.
12/7/11 2:34 PM
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Rear Admiral Gordon Paiea Chung Hoon was my grandfather. He was stationed on the Arizona as a lieutenant, but because he was local, he spent Saturday night ashore with his family.
12/7/11 5:06 PM
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 Saw one of the survivors from the attack at Cheesecake Factory the other day. Thanked him for his service, what a nice guy.
12/7/11 10:46 PM
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two of my uncles translated against them

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