WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — December 7, 1941, is a day that will live in infamy. Seventy-one years later, survivors of Pearl Harbor came together one more time to honor their fallen friends.
More than 2,400 sailors lost their lives that fateful day after a surprise attack by the Japanese that started America’s involvement in World War II.
Seven survivors, along with many friends, family and supporters gathered at the Battleship North Carolina to honor the 71st anniversary of the attack.
Two wreaths were laid at the foot of the Pearl Harbor memorial, and members of the American Legion fired their weapons for an honorary 21-gun salute.
“Ships still smoking and smoldering. The ships lying on their sides. No one knew what to do at that time,” Charles Clay remembered. “Of course, it didn’t take the American Navy very long to get itself in gear and get the ships working again. Thank God for the American sailor.”
There was a special meeting today at the Wilmington memorial as two shipmates on the USS Pennsylvania met for the first time 71 years after Pearl Harbor.