Veterans share stories at Pearl Harbor commemoration

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They presented wreaths in honor of those who died in the Japanese attack on the harbor 75 years ago.

The president said he will visit the USS Arizona Memorial later this month with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. He was at basic training at Camp Wheeler near Macon the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The ceremony was held on a pier across the harbor from where the Arizona sank.

In a coordinated attack, Imperial Japanese warplanes attacked the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, as well as other American and British bases in the Pacific in Malaya, Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippines and Wake Island.

Harris also said: "You can bet that the men and women we honor today" never failed to stand for the national anthem.

75 years later, the nearly 93-year-old has a clearer vision of what Pearl Harbor meant.

Stoller was pleased to see people jostling for autographs and photos with survivors.

Stoller says it's fun to see the veterans get the recognition they deserve. VanHoose, 96, served on the USS Maryland.

On December 7th, 75 years ago, a younger Knowles had just been drafted to the Army.

The ceremony started with the USS Halsey sounding its whistle to mark the start of the moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. F-22 fighter jets then flew in formation overhead.

U.S. and Japanese representatives on Tuesday visited the wreck of the USS Arizona, where 1,177 sailors and Marines died. Tensions were building up until the attack, and in 1941, it seemed more a matter of when, not if, the USA and Japan would have a conflict.

There's a clear blue sky over the harbor as the ceremony gets underway.

Bob Leonard of the Marine Corps League spoke on remembering fallen veterans and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's famous day of "Infamy" speech, which he made to Congress after the Pearl Harbor attack. Veterans advocates raised money to pay for Milton Mapou's (MAY-poh) trip.

Members of various veterans associations gathered Wednesday to make sure World War II veterans and those who died at Pearl Harbor were not forgotten.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Mapou was getting ready to sit down for breakfast on board the USS Detroit when he heard an explosion.

"I think a lot of times about how the Japanese marched our soldiers on those long marches, death marches they called it", Knowles said. It dropped a torpedo but missed the Detroit.

More than 2,400 troops died in the attack, including 106 from Downing's battleship.

"We get together and have a great time and compare our stories", he said. Wednesday, we remember that day, and the thousands of lives lost.

Abe's visit to Hawaii will come a few months after Obama visited Hiroshima, where a USA bomber dropped one of the two atomic bombs that would lead to Japan's surrender.

Surprise, fear, anger and pride.

About 25 veterans and other interested people met at Veterans Memorial Park to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.