Monday, December 7, 2009

Louisiana Pearl Harbor survivor honored

Pearl Harbor survivor James Cook of Slidell was honored during a ceremony Monday at Pearl Harbor Park in Chalmette, Cook, 84, was on the USS Rigel (AD-13) during the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The Rigel, originally built in 1918, was at the American base in Hawaii for an overhaul when the Japanese attacked. The ship was only slightly damaged; its crew, unable to fire, immediately turned to rescue and salvage operations. The Chalmette observance of the 68th anniversary of the bombing was sponsored by the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.
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  2. Thanks to all Vets for our freedoms.

  3. Remember Pearl Harbor -- Keep America Alert!

    America's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, living his 101st year is former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Ordnanceman (ACOM), later wartime commissioned Lieutenant John W. Finn, U. S. Navy (Ret.). He is also the last surviving Medal of Honor, "The Day of Infamy", Japanese Attack on the Hawaiian Islands, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941.

    (Now deceased) 'Navy Centenarian Sailor', 103 year old, former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Radioman (ACRM, Combat Aircrewman), later wartime commissioned Chief Warrant Officer Julio 'Jay' Ereneta, U. S. Navy (Ret.), is a thirty year career veteran of World War One and World War Two. He first flew aircrewman in August 1922; flew rearseat Radioman/Gunner (1920s/1930s) in the tactical air squadrons of the Navy's first aircraft carriers, USS LANGLEY (CV-1) and USS LEXINGTON (CV-2).

    Visit my photo album tribute to these centenarian veteran shipmates and other Pearl Harbor Survivors:

    San Diego, California

  4. I have a little old lady in my church whose husband was on the Enterprise. They were supposed to be in Pearl that morning, but because one of the ships in their group was having problems, they were delayed and the Enterprise was spared.


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