Ring bell to honor those aboard the Ward, in mil­i­tary

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

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).

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