102-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran hopes history is not forgotten

Pearl Harbor survivor Freeman Johnson

The bullets missed him by about 15 feet (5 meters). He was getting up from being tackled when he saw planes overhead.

The Jackson, Michigan man is now 95 years old.

A quiet reverence cloaked the USS Milwaukee on Thursday morning as Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Beaudreau braved a stiff breeze and steady drizzle to walk up the gangplank and board the ship.

"When you go to pearl harbor, or you go to the Fredericksburg museum in the pacific and also the WWII museum in New Orleans how much he is a feature of the history in the navy". "The American people came together". When it ended, he went to the University of MI on the GI Bill, worked for a gas and electric company and raised family of five. "The wreath honors veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation". Four Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 fighter jets broke the silence, with one plane peeling off from the group to symbolize servicemen still missing.

"The attack at Pearl Harbor fired the spirit of America and its flame of liberty", Rossi said. "They are inspired by it and it's 20 or 30 degrees out here and snowing today". "Especially this time of year".

Freeman Johnson drops wreath into water on 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack
Freeman Johnson drops wreath into water on 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

"Joe Horvath is our Veteran of The Year this year", he said. Lt. F.H. White too mentioned that "Doris Miller, mess attendant, second class, U.S. Navy, was instrumental in hauling people along through oil and water to the quarterdeck, thereby unquestionably saving the lives of a number of people who might otherwise have been lost". At 8:10, a 1,800-pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship USS Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine.

But he says remembrance ceremonies like Thursday's put on by AMVETS Post #7 in Oshkosh are important.

At one point, Chief Quartermaster Michael "Mickey" Ganitch started to sing "Remember Pearl Harbor."

Beadreau survived the attack 76 years ago, but he was there Thursday to honor the sailors who weren't so lucky.

Of the 66,000 or so military personnel stationed around Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, fewer than 2,000 nationwide are thought to be living.

As an example of this humanitarianism, Jindirch cited that if combatants against the US military turn their backs to USA soldiers and run away, our country's rules of engagement forbid soldiers from firing on them.

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