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Reconciliation to unite with remembrance at Pearl Harbor

  • DENNIS ODA / 2006

    About 35 relatives of Joe Langdell, center, are coming to Pearl Harbor for the interment of the USS Arizona officer’s ashes in his sunken battleship. Langdell, 100, died Feb. 4 in Yuba City, Calif.


    About seven family members of Japanese pilot Koreyoshi Toyama, whose dive bomber was shot down Dec. 7, 1941, near the old Marine Corps Air Station Ewa, are expected to come from Japan to visit the crash site. Toyama is believed to still be buried there withradioman Hajime Murao.


    What’s believed to be the crash site of the Aichi D3A dive bomber of Petty Officer 2nd Class Koreyoshi Toyama and Flyer 1st Class Hajime Murao is shown as the plane burns off Oneula Beach in Ewa Beach in this Dec. 7, 1941, photo taken by Staff Sgt. Lee Embree from a B-17 bomber.

Nearly three-quarters of a century after bombs fell on Oahu, launching America into World War II, war dead and veterans on both sides of the conflict — as well as the reconciliation with Japan that is still ongoing — will be memorialized and highlighted on Dec. 7. Read more

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