Quantcast

Pearl Harbor survivors gather at the Capitol - abc27 WHTM

Pearl Harbor survivors gather at the Capitol

Posted: Updated:
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

It's a day that lives in infamy: 72 years ago, Japan led an unprovoked attack on the U.S. Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The attack is what drew the United States into World War II.

Nearly 2,500 U.S. marines, soldiers and sailors were killed that day, and more than 2,000 were injured.

On the anniversary of the attack, the Navy Depot in Mechanicsburg, along with Governor Corbett, hosted a memorial in the East Wing Rotunda of the Capitol building.

A handful of Pearl Harbor survivors also attended the event, to ensure the day will never be forgotten.

"I got up on deck, and the first thing I saw was the USS Utah upside down, and I couldn't figure out why it was upside down," Lyle Koenig, who served on the USS Aylwin. "A couple seconds later, I heard machine gunfire, and a couple seconds later I saw an airplane with a red ball on it. That's when I knew we were at war with Japan."

It's estimated there are 1,000 Pearl Harbor survivors who are still alive today, but the exact number is not known.

Powered by WorldNow