Central Texas veteran remembers Pearl Harbor attack

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That attack prompted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to ask Congress on December 8, 1941, to declare war on the Japanese Empire.

"I think the wonderful thing about Pearl Harbor is that it really helped unify America", said Triesler, who has researched the war and interviewed many WWII veterans. The president also promised them his administration would build up the military.

Parry was a 21-year-old Army motor mechanic stationed on Oahu in 1941 when Japanese forces launched a surprise aerial attack on the military base there.

More than 2,300 servicemen were killed in the assault carried out by Japanese airplanes.

Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, spoke directly to the World War II veterans, thanking them for the sacrifices they made in the past, forging a cultural heritage of resilience that Sailors continue to draw from today.

"Outnumbered and outgunned, they did not hesitate", Trump said.

His unit had just been assigned to guard an ammunition depot situated in the crater of an extinct volcano in Pearl City, overlooking Pearl Harbor.


"It's a real pleasure to come out here and join them", said retired Army Col. Frederick Clinton, who fought across the French and German fronts in 1944-1945.

"It was a turning point in American history and in the service of our country", said emcee Curtis Slininger, a Navy retiree.

"That was an attack on the United States", said Snow. The following day, the USA and the United Kingdom declared war on Japan.

The 20-minute ceremony was attended by Mayor John Antaramian, Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser, State Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem Lakes), State Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) and Kenosha County Division Director of Veterans Services Ali Nelson.

America's experience at Pearl Harbor reminds us we can not be trapped by our most recent historical events - that the heroes with us today ensured Pearl Harbor would not be the end of the story, the admiral said. We can't forget that.

Numerous stories of the Vets honored today are included in a book published last August called in their own words Augusta Aiken Area World War Two Veterans Remember World War Two.

"Then went out to the Pacific on a destroyer, stayed the rest of the war, picked up 12 battle stars", said Harless.

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