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Crowds, survivors gather to honor memory of Pearl Harbor attack

By William Cole

LAST UPDATED: 09:17 a.m. HST, Dec 07, 2012

The faithful came out to Pearl Harbor at dawn this morning for the 71st anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941 attacks.

At 7:55 a.m., the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a moment of silence was observed. Four F-22 Raptors from the Hawaii Air National Guard flew overhead in a missing man formation.

The new Pearl Harbor destroyer, USS Michael Murphy, passed the sunken Arizona at 8:06 a.m. with crew members in white uniforms lining the rails and rendering honors to those who died on Dec. 7, 1941.

Among the survivors there is Lou Conter, 91, who was on the battleship USS Arizona. Conter makes the trip from California almost every year.

He said he is among only 13 still living from the Arizona.

"It's just something, you have to honor those 2,403 that got killed that day, and especially 1,177 shipmates on the Arizona," Conter said. "As long as we can, why, we'll be here every year."

Between 2,500 and 3,000 people are expected to attend the commemoration.

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romei wrote:
on December 7,2012 | 08:25AM
HD36 wrote:
Respect the troops, but hate the men who send them to die.
on December 7,2012 | 11:18PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Waterworks. Waterworks. I cry so much this day. Words cannot express the Gratitude of the brave men and women on that fateful day. Additional Thanks to our current men and women who could have chose to work in a different job and career field, but chose to Serve their Country. Mahalo Mahalo Mahalo.
on December 7,2012 | 10:13AM
HD36 wrote:
Almost all those who died were 18 or younger. They sent the veterans out to sea for future battles. They broke the Japanese codes years before and knew it was coming. They froze all Japanese assets around the world before the attack. Check the trascripts between Churchill and FDR discussing the Japanese attack 2 weeks prior to it happening which was intercepted by Germany.
on December 7,2012 | 11:21PM
Kaluu wrote:
We lived by a good beach for Japanese landing craft to unload troops, and my mother would take me along to where she would shoot at targets, facing the ocean, getting ready to defend her baby boy. My father prepared for the invasion by training after work with the National Guard. Luckily, the Japanese didn't capitalize on their great military success. Similarly, with a bit more planning, 9/11 could have been a much greater disaster. And evil rolls right along. There's always some power-freak race, religion, tribe, economic ideology, etc. eager to kill to have their way. Yet, we humans can be so proud of our so-called "progress."
on December 7,2012 | 10:43AM
HD36 wrote:
Unfortunately, 124,000 American Citizens of Japanese ancestry were taken into internment camps and had their assets taken away in one of the most egregious breaches of the Constitution. Many had land in the Jauaquin Valley of California. Also known as the bread basket because the farmland was so fertile, it would be worth billions today. Unfortunately, the Japanese Americans had this land taken away and weren't compensated a dime. As it happened, the government sold it to their white buddies for pennies an acre.
on December 7,2012 | 10:13PM
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