Pearl Harbor Survivors Return 70 Years Later
KITV brings us a very touching story of the survivors of the attacks on Pearl Harbor which happened 70 years ago. Twenty-four Pearl Harbor Survivors have returned to Honolulu, some of them for the very first time since they had been here in 1941. One of the survivors featured in KITV’s story is Archie Gregrory, from Huntington Beach, California. He recounted his role during the events that played out that fateful morning, saying “All of a sudden, the Arizona blew up, and I was blown over into the water.” Gregory was stationed on the U.S.S. Vestal, docked alongside the U.S.S. Arizona.He got into the captain’s gig alongside his comrades and began rescuing men in the water, a truly heroic act, which he and his fellow soldiers repeated after the dropping one boatload of men at dock. Gregory told KITV that he was glad he made the trip to Pearl Harbor this year; last year he tried to attend the events, but his doctor told him he couldn’t because of health issues. Some of the Pearl Harbor veterans have made their way to the commemoration ceremony through the Greatest Generations, which is a non-profit organization that works with World War II veterans to send them back to the places of battle where they served. Alicia Harms, Vice president of communications for the foundation told KITV that “we do this at no cost to them and we do this as a form of saying ‘thank you’ for what they did, in defense of our freedoms. So, we’ve taken Iwo Jima survivors to Iwo Jima, D-Day survivors to Normandy,” December 7, 1941 marks an extremely important day in American history, and world history for that matter. The events that happened that day would set in motion America’s entry, and participation in World War II. Let us not forget the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and the freedoms that we enjoy here in the United States; not only in the tragedy at Pearl Harbor, but in the wars which still plague humanity to this day.