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Author:  Molly [ Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:13 pm ]
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Oldest U.S. vet, 110, helps mark Pearl Harbor Day
By Gregg Zoroya | USA Today | December 7, 2015, 6:34PM

Frank Levingston, 110, a Pearl Harbor survivor joins other veterans at the World
War II memorial in Washington D.C. to observe Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Levingston is believed to be the oldest living WWII veteran. (Photo: Jack Gruber)

America's oldest-living veteran helped the nation mark the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Monday by taking part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in the nation's capital.

Former Army private Frank Levingston, who turned 110 last month, served in Italy during World War II. He enlisted in 1942, shortly after the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack in Hawaii that killed 2,400 servicemembers and brought the United States into the war.

The veteran from Lake Charles, La., who was discharged from the Army in 1945, traveled to Washington for the first time in his life Sunday and will visit the White House on Tuesday, where trip coordinators said they hope to get to meet President Obama. "We don't know, we hope so," Allen Bergeron, who is coordinating Levingston's trip, said Monday.

After a breakfast of scrambled eggs, potatoes, coffee and orange juice at the Hilton Inn in Alexandria, Va., where he was staying, Levingston joined other veterans, including two Pearl Harbor survivors, during Monday's wreath-presentation ceremony witnessed by a crowd of 400.

More at link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/12/07/oldest-us-vet-110-helps-mark-pearl-harbor-day/76914706/

Author:  Molly [ Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Pearl Harbor - 7 December 1941

National Geographic The Pearl Harbour
The Untold Story & Secrets Documentary

Attack on Pearl Harbor (World War II)
Full Documentary in Color (Discovery Channel)

Author:  Molly [ Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Pearl Harbor - 7 December 1941

Attack on Pearl Harbor
Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Pearl_Harbor

History Channel http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/pearl-harbor

Author:  Molly [ Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Pearl Harbor - 7 December 1941

Pearl Harbor Navy salvage diver dies at 103
By AP U.S. News | January 29, 2017


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ken Hartle, who as a Navy diver during World War II had the grim task of retrieving bodies from ships sunk by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, has died. He was 103.

Hartle died Tuesday afternoon at an Escondido, California, center for people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, the San Diego Union-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2jnUNzC) reported Friday. A reporter was at his bedside with Hartle's son and daughter three hours before his death.

Hartle may have been the oldest surviving Pearl Harbor salvage diver, said David Ball of San Diego, an officer with the Navy Divers Association.

Hartle and his fellow Seabees worked in the days before scuba diving equipment was commonplace. His heavy canvas diving suit and brass helmet weighed more than 200 pounds.

Japan's Dec. 7, 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor sank or beached 18 ships. Among them was the battleship Arizona, which went down with 1,177 crew members.

Hartle was working as a civilian ship-fitter at a Navy yard in the San Francisco Bay Area when the war broke out but he wasn't allowed to enlist until 1943 because his job was deemed too important to the war effort.

Hartle was proud of the work he performed over the next two years, his children said. He risked death by towing away unexploded torpedoes and salvaging ships and planes, first at Pearl Harbor and later from Maine to the Philippines.

He suffered the bends — painful and dangerous bubbles in his bloodstream from improper decompression — and was nearly killed when an anchor chain cracked and spewed metal shards.

But he avoided mentioning one task: recovering the long-submerged bodies of sailors who went to the bottom at Pearl Harbor.

More at link: https://apnews.com/a569627e36b24856b30a ... ies-at-103

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