On the 77th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1941; I remember as always; my Father.
I remember and honor the less than 2000 living survivors, that we are still graced by their existence. I recognize that these survivors are well into their nineties and ultimately will not survive the final attack of old-age. I Remember and shall continue to remember their service and duty to their country
In the last few days, I have discovered the life of one of the first heroes and survivors of that fateful day. A “negro Messman Third-Class” (an African-American sailor that worked in the kitchen/dining area of the USS West Virginia) who rescued the captain of the ship during the initial attack; and without any experience ,manned an anti-aircraft gun during the ongoing attack. He was the first “negro” to be awarded the Naval Cross by the Department of Navy. He went on to serve on the USS Liscome Bay, and eventually perished in battle in November 1943. He was 24.
Today, along with all the other heroes of that day; I will remember Dorie Miller