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James D. Smith: Pearl Harbor veteran

Posted December 11, 2017 by

James D. Smith was a reservist in the U.S. Navy when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. After being called into active service, he arrived in the Hawaiian Islands 4 days after the event. Here is his recollection of what he saw during his time there

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Vet Briefs December 11

Posted December 11, 2017 by

Remains of Minnesota WWII sailor to be laid to rest in May MANKATO, Minn.–The remains of a southern Minnesota sailor killed at Pearl Harbor will be laid to rest more than seven decades after his death. Radioman 2nd Class Quentin Gifford, 22, was on the USS Oklahoma when it was capsized by torpedoes in December…

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Arlington honors

Posted December 8, 2017 by

Navy photograph by PO2 Jonathan B. Trejo ARLINGTON, Va.–View CaptionRadioman 3rd Class Howard W. Bean, from Everett, Mass., assigned to the Battleship USS Oklahoma (BB 37) during World War II, was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery Dec. 6. Petty Officer Bean was previously one of nearly 400 unidentified service members who died aboard…

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Navy posthumously awards Silver Star for valor at Pearl Harbor

Posted December 8, 2017 by PO1 Eric Lockwood

The Navy recently authorized the posthumous award of a combat medal to a Sailor who was present at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941, officials announced Dec. 4. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer awarded the Silver Star Medal to Chaplain Lt. j.g. Aloysius H. Schmitt for gallantry in action…

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Sailors honored at USS Utah ceremony

Posted December 8, 2017 by PO2 Gabrielle Joyner

Navy photograph by PO1 Randi Brown Navy Master Chief Allen Keller, command master chief for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, lowers the ashes of Harry Hohstadt into the waters of Pearl Harbor during a double interment ceremony at the USS Utah Memorial as part of the 76th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and…

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Guard troops were training when Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor

Posted December 8, 2017 by National Guard Bureau

National Guard photograph Kentucky Guard tankers in training: Members of Company D, 192nd Tank Battalion, Kentucky National Guard, pose with their vehicles at Ft. Knox, Ky., during the unit’s training prior to World War II. Called into federal service pursuant to the national emergency declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940, the 192nd, along…

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Air Power at Pearl Harbor

Posted December 8, 2017 by Dr. William Head

DOD photograph The USS Shaw exploes in drydock at Pearl Harbor. Dec. 7, 1941. When Japanese Naval aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, they also attacked U.S. Army Air Forces flying fields and facilities as well.    Only a handful of U.S. pilots got airborne to fight back. The most…

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Ring of steel protected Oahu from invasion but not from attack by air

Posted December 8, 2017 by David Vergun

Shortly after 1898 when Hawaii became a U.S. territory, the Army began construction of defensive works on the island of Oahu. Seven forts were built around the island to contain the massive coastal artillery pieces and mortars, along with the hundreds of anti-aircraft guns — a so-called “ring of steel” — that had been put…

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Navy posthumously awards Bronze Star medal for Valor at Pearl Harbor

Posted December 4, 2017 by PO1 Eric Lockwood

Courtesy photograph An undated file photo of Chief Boatswain’s Mate Joseph L. George. After enlisting in 1935, George was assigned to the repair ship USS Vestal, which was moored alongside USS Arizona (BB 39) when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began on Dec. 7, 1941. The Navy recently authorized the posthumous award of a…

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Vet Briefs November 29

Posted November 29, 2017 by

Remains WWII pilot identified, being brought home for burial ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ The Pentagon says the remains of an American pilot recovered in Europe are being returned to his New York family for burial 73 years after he died in a bombing mission. U.S. military officials said Nov. 28 that Army Air Forces 1st…

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