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Survivors, sailors to observe Pearl Harbor attack anniversary

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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 64 years ago were expected to join sailors, community leaders and guests on Wednesday in observing the anniversary of the assault.The crowd is to observe a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. – the moment the attack began in 1941.A U.S. Navy ship will honor the USS Arizona, which lies submerged in Pearl Harbor with the bodies of hundreds of sailors still aboard. The Hawaii Air National Guard will fly F-15s in formation over the harbor.The Navy’s chief uniformed officer, Adm. Michael G. Mullen, will address the crowd along with Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, who saw and heard Japanese planes drop bombs on Oahu as a teenager in Honolulu.Navy reservists from the USS Ward, which fired the first shots of the war when its crew spotted and sank a Japanese midget submarine, will also be honored.The Dec. 7, 1941, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and other military bases on Oahu lasted two hours, leaving 21 U.S. ships heavily damaged and 323 aircraft damaged or destroyed.It killed 2,390 people and wounded 1,178.Vail, Colorado


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