USS Midway Pearl Harbor remembrance


December 7th, 1941.

It was marked, as always, by the annual remembrance aboard the Midway Museum.  And there, as always in the front row:  Five members of the Greatest Generation.  They also represent the rapidly dwindling numbers of the San Diego Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association– plus one:  a survivor from Los Angeles.

And as always, they were  represented by the Chapter’s President, 97 year old Stu Headley, who responded to this reporter’s question about teenagers and 20something’s overcoming the sheer terror of the day: “We knew we had a job to do and we did it,” said Headley,  “what I’m talking about is, when they sounded general quarters, I knew my battle station, I knew what I was to do.”

We also note invited guests included some of the crew of the San Diego-based USS Pearl Harbor.

Headley also presides over the most poignant moment of the remembrance:  The two-bell ceremony, which in general honors those in the battle and specifically, the local Pearl Harbor survivors and their spouses who have died in the past year:

And speaking of, just recently, we note the passing of the oldest survivor, 106 year old Ray Chavez of Poway.

The remembrance concluded with two wreaths being tossed over the side, after the playing of taps.

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