Honoring those lost 76 years ago at Pearl Harbor attack
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.”
Armando “Chick” Galella, 96, gets emotional after a Pearl Harbor wreath-laying ceremony in New York City.
Arizona survivors, Louis Conter, left, and Herbert Elfring before the memorial ceremony in Honolulu.