Posted by: arbeam | December 10, 2013

Northwest Veterans, Sailors Remember Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor Survivors with uniformed personnel at the ceremony. From the left are: Frank Mattausch (Wheeler Army Airfield), Lloyd Valnes (USS California), Rocky Hoffman (Ewa Marine Station), Bob Rains (USS Pennsylvania) and Roy Carter (USS Oklahoma)

Pearl Harbor Survivors with uniformed personnel at the ceremony. From the left are: Frank Mattausch (Wheeler Army Airfield), Lloyd Valnes (USS California), Rocky Hoffman (Ewa Marine Station), Bob Rains (USS Pennsylvania) and Roy Carter (USS Oklahoma)

KEYPORT, Wash. – (NNS) — Veterans, Sailors and DoD civilians honored those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 with a remembrance ceremony at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center’s Jack Murdock Auditorium in Keyport, Wash. Dec. 7.

The ceremony was the 20th annual ceremony held in the auditorium and featured a presentation on the attack, a moment of silence, stories shared by Pearl Harbor survivors and a reception for all in attendance.

“As we gather to remember, recognize and honor those sacrifices, we remind ourselves that freedom is not free, that we should never take the bountiful riches that we enjoy in this country for granted and that our country is a place and an idea worth fighting for,” said retired Cmdr. Erik Neal, a guest speaker for the ceremony.

To begin the ceremony, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Lake Washington Post 2995 honor guard paraded the colors and Sailors assigned to Navy Band Northwest played the national anthem.

Following the opening remarks, a presentation was given on the attacks that devastated the island and brought America into World War II.

The five Pearl Harbor survivors in attendance passed around a microphone sharing their experiences of that day and their time during WWII.

KEYPORT, Wash. (Dec. 7, 2013) Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, left, commander of Navy Region Northwest, gives her personal coin to Pearl Harbor survivor Roy Carter during a remembrance ceremony at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Jack Murdock Auditorium. The ceremony honored the 2,403 Americans who died during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

KEYPORT, Wash. (Dec. 7, 2013) Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, left, commander of Navy Region Northwest, gives her personal coin to Pearl Harbor survivor Roy Carter during a remembrance ceremony at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Jack Murdock Auditorium. The ceremony honored the 2,403 Americans who died during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

“It’s an honor to be here today and to share my stories and my shipmate’s stories,” said Frank Mattaush, a Pearl Harbor survivor. “I just can’t believe all these people came out to honor us after all these years.”

The attack on Pearl Harbor cost the lives of 2,341 service members, of which 2,001 were Sailors. One hundred and sixty-four aircraft were destroyed and 12 ships were either sunk or breached during the attack.

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