Vet­er­ans, fam­ily honor those lost on the Ari­zona

Two of 2,400-plus ser­vice mem­bers killed in Pearl Har­bor were from Nor­wich

The Day - - FRONT PAGE - By JU­LIA BERGMAN Day Staff Writer

Nor­wich — Two city na­tives who were lost on the USS Ari­zona dur­ing the Ja­panese at­tack on Pearl Har­bor, Hawaii, were among those re­mem­bered Fri­day at an event mark­ing the 77th an­niver­sary of the at­tack.

Fam­ily mem­bers of Sea­man 1st Class Michael Quarto and Sea­man 1st Class Harry L. “Bud” Carl­son,

both of Nor­wich, were among the 50-plus peo­ple who turned out Fri­day, a sunny but brisk day, at Nor­wich City Hall Plaza for the Nor­wich Area Vet­er­ans Coun­cil’s an­nual com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Dec. 7, 1941, at­tack that thrust the U.S. into World War II.

“As we gather here in Nor­wich, it might cer­tainly be hard to imag­ine the events of that Sun­day morn­ing 77 years ago. On an other­wise beau­ti­ful day in par­adise, a hor­rific at­tack took Amer­ica, our Navy and the ter­ri­tory of Hawaii by sur­prise,” said Lt. Cmdr. Bradley Boyd, the of­fi­cer in charge of the His­toric Ship Nau­tilus, the guest speaker for the event.

More than 2,400 Amer­i­cans were killed. The Ari­zona suf­fered the great­est loss: 1,177 ser­vice mem­bers were killed. The re­mains of hun­dreds of the vic­tims re­main at the bot­tom of the har­bor with the sunken bat­tle­ship.

Two nieces and a nephew of Carl­son at­tended the re­mem­brance cer­e­mony. Their un­cle died be­fore they

were born, but they grew up hear­ing about him, they said. His niece Naomi Crow­ley, 67, of Nor­wich said her un­cle was a 1939 grad­u­ate of Nor­wich Free Acad­emy, where he was a star foot­ball player. His dream was to be­come a car­toon­ist, she said.

In ad­di­tion to Crow­ley, Carl­son’s niece Ros­alyn Carl­son Lachapelle, 70, of Vol­un­town and his nephew, Greg Carl­son, 62, of Gris­wold, also were at the cer­e­mony.

Greg Carl­son said he won­dered Fri­day as he drove to the cer­e­mony how many peo­ple re­mem­bered it was the an­niver­sary of the at­tacks. “Who thinks about it?” he said.

Only five sur­vivors of the USS Ari­zona are thought to be alive. For the first time, none of them were able to make it to the com­mem­o­ra­tion event at Pearl Har­bor.

Ray Chavez, re­port­edly the na­tion’s old­est liv­ing Pearl Har­bor sur­vivor, died two weeks ago at the age of 106. His name was read aloud by Nor­wich vet­eran John Wag­goner in ad­di­tion to the 17 Con­necti­cut men lost dur­ing the at­tacks, in­clud­ing Wil­liam Seely of Gro­ton, who also served on the Ari­zona.

Jill Bourassa, 43, of Nor­wich, a cousin of Quarto, said fam­ily roots can get lost over the years. Fri­day was a re­minder of why it’s im­por­tant to keep that his­tory alive.

“I hope they keep do­ing it,” she said of the event.

SEAN D. EL­LIOT/THE DAY

Vet­er­ans salute at the read­ing of the names of Con­necti­cut na­tives killed in the at­tack on Pearl Har­bor dur­ing the Nor­wich Area Vet­er­ans Coun­cil’s an­nual Pearl Har­bor Day re­mem­brance Fri­day at City Hall Plaza in Nor­wich.

SEAN D. EL­LIOT/THE DAY

Fam­ily mem­bers of the two Nor­wich na­tives, Michael Quarto and Harold Carl­son, who were killed in the at­tack on Pearl Har­bor, Hawaii, are pre­sented flow­ers in mem­ory of their loved ones dur­ing the Nor­wich Area Vet­er­ans Coun­cil’s an­nual Pearl Har­bor Day re­mem­brance Fri­day at City Hall Plaza in Nor­wich. Visit www.the­day.com for a video from the cer­e­mony.

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