Scenes from Pearl Harbor Day's 70th anniversary ceremonies on Oahuby: Maureen O'Connell
posted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 12:24 PM
Both Rear Admiral Frank Ponds, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific and Paul DePrey, superintendent of the National Park Service's World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (both pictured, above), offered remarks during the commemoration.
On the morning Dec. 7, 1941, Herb Weatherwax (picture, above), then serving in an infantry regiment at Oahu's Schofield Barracks, was at his family's home in Honolulu. As he returned to his station, Weatherwax saw the USS Arizona engulfed in flames. Alfred Benjamin Kameeiamoku Rodrigues (pictured, below), who was serving in the U.S. Naval Reserves, had just completed an early morning watch at Pearl Harbor and was sitting down to breakfast when Imperial Japanese fighter planes reached the area. Recollections of both survivors - now volunteers at the national monument - are featured in "Faces of Pearl Harbor," in HAWAII Magazine's December 2011 issue.
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