SAN DIEGO – On this 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, The Surface Navy Association and USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) held a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony at Naval Base San Diego to pay tribute to those who sacrificed all on that day and the tumultuous years that followed.
Naval Base San Diego Executive Officer, CDR Patricia Witherspoon, spoke of remembering those lives lost and those who fought their way across the Pacific during World War II. “Today, we are here to honor those who faced the terror from the skies on December 7, 1941 and the many more who earned their place in American history not by their words, but by their deeds,” expressed CDR Witherspoon.
The Remembrance also included guest speakers VADM (Ret.) John Nyquist and Mr. Vincent O’Hara. VADM Nyquist had a distinguished career which included commands of Destroyers, Destroyer Squadrons and Cruiser Destroyer Group Five. During his moving remarks, he relayed his father’s experience at Pearl Harbor, who at the time of the attacks was the Commanding Officer of Destroyer Division One (DESDIV 1). He then gave a firsthand account of the “inferno of Pearl Harbor” which he witnessed as an 8 year old boy.
Mr. Vince O’Hara, a distinguished WWII historian offered an in depth look inside the attacks and the meticulous planning efforts of Japanese Admiral Yamamoto.
BENFOLD Executive Officer, CDR Rich LeBron, expressed his thanks to Naval Base San Diego, VADM Nyquist and all who joined together to remember those lives and that day. “Their stories are a national treasure which will remain with us and their gift will live as long as we remember…” said CDR LeBron.