Ring bell to honor those aboard the Ward, in military
Underwater video footage released on Tuesday offers a glimpse of the sunken USS Ward in its final resting place in the Philippines. The vessel, as retired Rear Adm. Sam Cox has put it, “fired the first shot of the battle (and) the first shot of World War II in the Pacific.” At 6:45 a.m. Dec. 7, 1941, in Pearl Harbor, the four-stack destroyer torpedoed a suspect submarine — roughly an hour before Japanese planes arrived. The Ward was sunk exactly three years later, Dec. 7, 1944, after being attacked by kamikazes.
Among events marking today’s 76th anniversary is an opportunity for the public to ring the “Freedom Bell” in honor of all military service members — including the Navy reservists who were aboard the Ward during the Pearl Harbor attack (www.pearlharborevents.com).