Hon­or­ing those lost 76 years ago at Pearl Har­bor at­tack

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY AU­DREY MCAVOY As­so­ci­ated Press

Honolulu — Sur­vivors gath­ered Thurs­day at the site of the Ja­panese at­tack on Pearl Har­bor to re­mem­ber fel­low ser­vice­men killed in the early morn­ing raid 76 years ago, pay­ing homage to the thou­sands who died with a solemn cer­e­mony mark­ing the sur­prise bomb­ing raid that plunged the U.S. into World War II.

About 20 sur­vivors at­tended the event at a grassy spot over­look­ing the har­bor and the USS Ari­zona Memo­rial. They were joined by about 2,000 Navy sailors, of­fi­cials and mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Herbert El­fring, who lived through the Dec. 7, 1941 bomb­ing, re­mem­bered hear­ing bombs ex­plode and first thought the ex­plo­sions were U.S. train­ing ex­er­cises.

The Jack­son man is now 95 and said re­turn­ing to Pearl Har­bor for the an­niver­sary of the at­tack makes him feel spe­cial be­cause he’s one of the few re­main­ing sur­vivors.

“I have one of those caps that says ‘Pearl Har­bor Sur­vivor’ on it,” the Michi­gan man said. “It’s amaz­ing how many peo­ple come up and thank me for my ser­vice.”

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Armando “Chick” Galella, 96, gets emo­tional af­ter a Pearl Har­bor wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony in New York City.

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Ari­zona sur­vivors, Louis Con­ter, left, and Herbert El­fring be­fore the memo­rial cer­e­mony in Honolulu.

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