Survivor recalls fear, anger on day of Pearl Harbor attack

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09 December, 2016

Ninety-five-year-old Leonard Gardner made the trip from Fluvanna County to the state capital Wednesday, December 7, to take part in a remembrance ceremony at the memorial.

"The day the world changed forever; borders, people changed, everything. was December 7, 1941", Dennison says.

The veterans raised the flag at 7:40 a.m., about the time when the Japanese aircraft were beginning their assault on the Pacific fleet.

SNJ Today is a Southern New Jersey news and information source based in Millville, New Jersey that is dedicated to providing current stories related specifically to South Jersey. They included veterans who survived the attack, many of them now in their 90s.

The US has commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

These days, many people treat Chavez and other Pearl Harbor survivors like celebrities, asking them for autographs and photos.

"It was pretty surprising, of course, and very threatening and we were pretty anxious about what was going to happen because so many planes came later", Thill said.

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After the ceremony, several dignitaries and officials rode boats to a memorial sitting over the sunken hull of the USS Arizona.

Returning to Pearl Harbor this week, 103-year-old Jim Downing served on the USS West Virginia.

"America went overseas to gain freedom for millions of other people", said Hilliard, a Marine veteran and one of several dignitaries and officials who presented wreaths for the fallen at a memorial over the sunken hull of USS Arizona.

2,400 people were killed in the Pearl Harbor attack, and 1,177 of those victims were on the USS Arizona.

Schroeder said he knew that 75 years ago was just the beginning.

Japan and the USA had been edging toward war for decades.

Yet one more person tweeted, "I bet you he likes heroes who don't get killed or captured".

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