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FEB 18 - 25, 2018
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USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum Remembers Pearl Harbor

Dec 02, 2017
ALAMEDA, CA – The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum, in honor and remembrance of Pearl Harbor, will be hosting a special panel discussion with veterans who will reflect upon their memories of December 7, 1941. This special event will occur on the USS Hornet on December 7, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

This unique assembly of living history is free to the community, veterans and all school groups with prior arrangement, through the Museum’s Education Department.

Guest speakers scheduled to participate for this historical tribute include:

Chuck Kohler is one of approximately 1,200 to 1,500 Pearl Harbor survivors. In October 1941, Mr. Kohler reported for duty to Aerial Patrol Squadron VP-23, which was located on Ford Island in the center of Pearl Harbor. During the mission, Mr. Kohler witnessed the first bomb dropped at Pearl Harbor and was injured by bomb fragments and explosive debris, making Mr. Kohler likely the first blood to have been shed at Pearl Harbor.

LtCol John R. Stevens is a WWII veteran who served in the Marine Corps for nearly 23 years. In 1939, after completing boot camp, he was assigned to the 1st Defense Battalion that was moved to Pearl Harbor in February 1941. From June 1960 to July 1961, he was Executive Officer of the 4th Marine Regiment, Reinforced, and in July 1961, until retirement, was assigned as the Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Brigade. LtCol Stevens has received 13 awards throughout the years, which include two Bronze Star Medals with Combat Vs, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the China Service Medal.

Lawson Sakai is four-time Purple Heart recipient and member the historical 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Formed in 1943, the 442nd was a segregated unit made up mostly of Nisei (second generation Japanese American) soldiers. With its “Go for Broke” motto, and despite lingering prejudice against Japanese Americans, especially in combat roles, the 442nd became one of the most formidable and well-respected fighting units in the U.S. Army. By the war’s end, the 442nd had become the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in Army history. The 442nd was awarded nearly 9,500 Purple Hearts, eight Presidential Unit Citations (including five in one month) and 21 members were awarded the Medal of Honor.

A registered state and national historic landmark, the USS Hornet is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda, CA. The USS Hornet is also a unique, unforgettable venue available for corporate events, etc. For ore information on this and other events please visit www.uss-hornet.org or phone (510) 521-8448.

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Photo caption: Pearl Harbor survivor Chuck Kohler.


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