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From The Navy Times:

Archaeologists discover skull at Pearl Harbor
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HONOLULU – An excavation crew recently made a startling discovery at the bottom of Pearl Harbor when it unearthed a skull that archeologists suspect is from a Japanese pilot who died in the historic attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

Archaeologist Jeff Fong of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific said the early analysis has made him “75 percent sure”￾ that the skull belongs to a Japanese pilot.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/07/ap-pearl-harbor-skull-found-072011/

Comment: I hope that they can identify this man and if he is one of the missing pilots, repatriate his remains to his family.
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Pearl Harbor Survivor Recounts Experience
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PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- USS Oklahoma (BB 37) sank in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attacks Dec. 7, 1941, taking more than 400 crew members with her.

Seaman Apprentice Gene Dick was one of 32 Sailors who survived the sinking.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=64102

Comment: With the approach of Pearl Harbour Day, no excuse is needed for giving this story a special place of it's own. What makes The Greatest Generation what it is is the horrors they endured and what they did to overcome it.
 
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Today's Feature Story from CNN:

Aging Pearl Harbor attack survivors passing on the baton
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(CNN) -- For 70 years, survivors of the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor have captivated listeners with their firsthand accounts, recalling buddies who died in their arms or the glasses worn by a low-flying Japanese pilot.

They have participated in solemn wreath-laying ceremonies and spoken to civic groups and school children about the infamous day and the need for the United States to remain vigilant.

But the gradual loss of the World War II generation has accelerated, and this year, perhaps more than any before it, evidence of a tide change is inescapable.
More at http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/04/us/pearl-harbor-legacy/index.html?hpt=hp_t3&imw=Y&iref=mpstoryemail
 

Adam Went

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You notice it more and more every year now, at any remembrance parade - the veterans themselves have been replaced by their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. The remaining veterans are either too frail to march themselves, or have to do so on the back of a vehicle or in a wheelchair.

Which is all the more reason why they should be honoured. Remembering Pearl Harbour on the 70th anniversary, and commemorating all those who fought and died for the cause during wartime.

Lest we forget!

Cheers,
Adam.
 
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>>The remaining veterans are either too frail to march themselves, or have to do so on the back of a vehicle or in a wheelchair. <<

And regretably, this is the main reason why the Pearl Harbour Survivors Assocciation is formally disbanding at the end of this year. We're looking at another generation...the Greatest Generation...which is passing into history. One can only hope that historians will make every effort to get their stories while some of these people are still with us.

In that spirit, three more stories from the same sources;

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/12/ap-navy-pearl-harbor-victims-remembered-on-anniversary-120711/

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=64218

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=64219

Never forget!
 
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Adam Went

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Do we know how many survivors are left from Pearl Harbor now? I know there was some young men who had faked their ages and who were working on the ships in the Harbor. I suppose there would also be a handful of the Japanese plane crews left as well, but they are becoming more and more scarce.

The next big anniversary will be the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and then the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli.

Cheers,
Adam.