SAN DIEGO - Amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) hosted a ceremony Dec. 6 in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Dec. 7, 1941 is the date that the Hawaiian port city of Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Imperial Japanese navy. This date is known as "a date which will live in infamy" and has become synonymous with the name Pearl Harbor.
"Those moments of battle are why we stand here today. The alarm that rang that morning is still ringing, it is always ringing," said Cmdr. Michael J. Harris, commanding officer.
Harris honored not only the victims from 72 years ago, but also the guest of honor and service members in attendance at the commemoration.
Retired Capt. Jack Evans, a second class seaman assigned to battleship USS Tennessee (BB 43) when the attack occurred, recalls his first sights that morning after reaching his battle station post.
"There were three OS2Us (Kingfisher float planes) upside down and burning, I looked over at the hanger door that was hanging by one hinge, the other had been blown loose."
Evans was awarded a purple heart during the attack as well after taking shrapnel in both of his upper legs.
"I had all kinds of metal, paint chips, and whatever else you could think of in both my legs, but I never felt a thing," Evans said.
The attack resulted in the death of more than 2,400 Americans, more than 1,150 wounded and massive casualties to U.S. forces stationed there leading us to war in the Pacific and would forever reshape the Navy.
"As we pause to reflect on those who lived their lives for their country and gave their lives so that a country could live, let us re-dedicate our efforts to ensure that the legacy of their sacrifice was not in vain and will not be forgotten," said Rear Adm. Frank Ponds, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3 in a letter to the crew of Pearl Harbor.