Pearl Harbor Attack Survivors Buried With Shipmates
In one of the most poignant reminders of that “day that will live in infamy”, more old sailors who survived the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor have died, and have been taken back to Hawaii to be buried in their sunken ships with their shipmates.
On Tuesday, seven decades after dozens of fellow sailors were killed when the USS Utah sank on Dec. 7, 1941, Navy divers took a small urn containing 90 year old Lee Soucy’s ashes and put it in one of the ship’s portholes.
That ceremony was one of five memorials held this week for servicemen who lived through the assault, and want their remains placed in Pearl Harbor out of pride and affinity for those they left behind.
“They want to return and be with the shipmates that they lost during the attack,” said Jim Taylor, a retired sailor who coordinates the ceremonies.
The memorials are happening as America observes the 70th anniversary of the bombing attack that killed 2,390 Americans and brought the United States into World War II.