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USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum to Host Pearl Harbor 78th Anniversary Commemoration

Dec 06, 2019
The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum, in honor and remembrance of Pearl Harbor, will be hosting a special commemoration with the four-time Purple Heart recipient Mr. Lawson Sakai, who will reflect upon his memories of December 7, 1941 and his experiences being relocated to an internment camp and eventually serving in the highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team.


Immediately following Mr. Sakai’s remarks, Mr. Bill Fee, USS Hornet Museum volunteer (and former USS Hornet (CVS-12) crewmember) and retired Navy Chaplain Wallace Whatley will cast a wreath of flowers off the ship’s fantail in remembrance of those who died during the attack.

This event will occur on the USS Hornet on December 7, 2019 beginning at 11:00 a.m.


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.


The Sunday morning attack at Pearl Harbor marked one of the darkest days in U.S. history. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that December 7, 1941 “is a date which will live in infamy.” Taking off from a fleet of Japanese aircraft carriers, waves of bombers unleashed a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, killing more than 2,300 Americans. A day later, the nation declared war on Japan.

Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation preserves and honors the legacy of the USS Hornet and its role in naval aviation, the defense of our country, the Apollo Program and the exploration of space.

The USS Hornet is also a unique, unforgettable venue available for corporate events; trade shows and expos; private parties and big band dances; and TV and film productions. For more information, ticket prices and event planning, visit:  www.uss-hornet.org or call (510) 521-8448.  


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