DAY SALUTE, 2001
THREE WHO WERE
December 7th, 1941. . .Pearl Harbor, Territory of
Hawaii. Early Sunday morning.
Their world and the world at large was turned upside
with the all-out Japanese surprise attack on their units,
igniting America's entry into World War II.
2,335 of their comrades were
1,143 were wounded during the two-hour attack.
was a Gunners Mate aboard the light cruiser USS Detroit anchored in the Harbor. His ship
escaped with minor damage. He went on to serve in the Pacific throughout the war.
was a young Marine ashore at the Marine Barracks, and spent most of that day helping
retrieve bodies from the harbor. He remained in the Marine Corps through WWII and Korea,
retiring as a Master Sgt.
was a B-17 crew chief at Hickam Field, adjoining Pearl Harbor. His bomber was the first in
the air after the initial Japanese attack. He flew 66 combat missions during the war.
special salute to
Wimberley's three Pearl Harbor survivors, complete with a Black Hawk helicopter landing,
was a highlight of the Veterans Day program at Texans Stadium Thursday, November 11, 1999.
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All Wimberley area residents
were invited to the hour-long program, sponsored by the Wimberley Independent School
District and VFW Post 6441 to honor our veterans.