Pearl Harbor Memorial Service to be held on the USS YORKTOWNChris Hauff Nov 24, 2015
The Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will host a memorial service on Monday, Dec. 7th for the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The free ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. inside the recently updated theater aboard the historic WWII aircraft carrier the USS YORKTOWN.
The service, organized together with Mt. Pleasant VFW Post 10624 will include a wreath laying, tolling of a bell and a traditional gun salute in memory of each of the 25 known South Carolina men who were killed during the attack. Silver Star recipient Col. Robert J. Mastrion, USMC (Retired) will be the featured speaker.
Organizers of the ceremony are currently searching for survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Those who served that infamous day are asked to contact Gordon Sparks at 803.781.5452 if they would like to be part of the service.
During the 110 minute attack, Japanese forces destroyed more than 350 aircraft, sank four battleships and damaged four others. A total of 2,335 United States servicemen were killed and 1,143 wounded. Sixty-eight civilians were also killed.
Museum admission and parking will be waived from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for the memorial service.
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