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Paying tribute to ‘forgotten’ Utah


    Gil Meyer, left, one of the few Pearl Harbor survivors who was aboard the USS Utah, and Delton “Wally” Walling, another Pearl Harbor survivor, saluted Tuesday during the playing of the national anthem at the USS Utah Memorial Sunset Ceremony held at the memorial on Ford Island.


    Ashlie Osborn, left; Jessica Osborn; their hanai mother, Mary Purifoy, right; and Nina Kreigh looked at the waters Tuesday evening where the wreck of the USS Utah can be seen. Purifoy’s father, Leonard, was aboard the ship and survived the attack. The remains of Kreigh’s aunt, Nancy Wagner, who died at birth, are entombed in the Utah. Kreigh’s grandfather and Nancy’s father, Albert Wagner, was attached to the Utah at the time of the attack. Wagner had brought his baby girl’s ashes onto the ship and had planned to scatter them at sea, but he never got the chance before the Utah was sunk on Dec. 7, with Nancy’s urn still in her father’s locker aboard the vessel.

The USS Utah is often called the “forgotten ship” of Pearl Harbor because it was well past its battleship days when it became the first ship downed by the Japanese attack. Read more

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