Rushville Republican

December 5, 2012

Pearl Harbor ceremony Friday

Frank Denzler
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Friday will mark the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, an act that directly led to the United States involvement in World War II a day later, on Dec. 8, 1941.

A local Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Rushville American Legion, 113 South Morgan Street.

“Others and myself feel that we need to show up and show our respect for those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor,” Brown said.

During the surprise attack, the Japanese launched an air attack that resulted in the loss of 2,400 military and an additional 49 civilian lives.

Eight US Navy ships were attacked: USS California, USS Maryland, USS Oklahoma, USS Tennessee, USS West Virgina, USS Arizona, USS Nevada and the USS Pennsylvania. Many of the Americans killed were on board the USS Arizona.

Ford Island was also attacked, as was Hickman Airfield.

When the bombing began, 408 American aircraft were stationed in Hawaii. As a result of the attack, 188 were destroyed and 159 sustained damage; only eight American planes were able to get airborne and fight their attackers.

Sgt. Major Bob Brown (USMC, retired) said Friday morning’s program also will provide an opportunity to remember and thank all U.S. service men and women, past and present, for their service to our country.

“I hope we have a large turnout. This is a day in our history that all Americans should remember,” Brown said.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106