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Omaha Steve

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Thu Dec 7, 2023, 04:18 PM Dec 7

Centenarian survivors of Pearl Harbor attack are returning to honor those who perished 82 years ago [View all]

Source: AP

Updated 3:01 PM CST, December 7, 2023

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Ira “Ike” Schab had just showered, put on a clean sailor’s uniform and closed his locker aboard the USS Dobbin when he heard a call for a fire rescue party.

He went topside to see the USS Utah capsizing and Japanese planes in the air. He scurried back below deck to grab boxes of ammunition and joined a daisy chain of sailors feeding shells to an anti-aircraft gun up above. He remembers being only 140 pounds (63.50 kilograms) as a 21-year-old, but somehow finding the strength to lift boxes weighing almost twice that.

“We were pretty startled. Startled and scared to death,” Schab, now 103, said. “We didn’t know what to expect and we knew that if anything happened to us, that would be it.”

Eighty-two years later, Schab returned to Pearl Harbor Thursday on the anniversary of the attack to remember the more than 2,300 servicemen killed. He was one of five survivors at a ceremony commemorating the assault that propelled the United States into World War II. Six of the increasingly frail men had been expected, but one was not feeling well, organizers said.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/pearl-harbor-attack-anniversary-world-war-ii-cdfd14ffccf0299305d90b61921fc95d

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I had an old friend at our Eagles lodge named Floyd Johnson that was an Arizona crewman. He got shitfaced brewens Dec 7 #1
Yeah, he was protected; not his time to go. patphil Dec 7 #2
That's one AWOL charge I'd be happy to take! ArkansasDemocrat1 Dec 7 #7
I was wondering if any solders were still alive. BigmanPigman Dec 7 #3
I wondered also. I can not imagine the horror that these folks experienced that day. riversedge Dec 7 #4
memorial parade this evening in Waikiki. each ship sunk had a banner with survivors following. msongs Dec 7 #5
I hope we never need their kind of service again. COL Mustard Dec 7 #13
Ever since the Memorial was dedicated in 1962, it has been a regular stop for Japanese tourists Hekate Dec 8 #18
We need to be reminded of sacrifices made to save the world from dictators. Hermit-The-Prog Dec 7 #6
Too bad Story was running MyPillow commercials until recently ArkansasDemocrat1 Dec 7 #8
They have time between medicare advantage commercials for those? Hermit-The-Prog Dec 7 #9
You know what else I don't see being advertised on Story? ArkansasDemocrat1 Dec 7 #11
I receive multiple local broadcast channels; they just have cruddy content Hermit-The-Prog Dec 7 #12
Yeah, but Turner Classic Movies ran "December 7th" last night. Paladin Dec 8 #19
I was in Oahu this past September and we went to the Pearl Harbor memorial kimbutgar Dec 7 #10
K&R MustLoveBeagles Dec 7 #14
My dad on the USS Cebu. A service ship. sprinkleeninow Dec 7 #15
K&R! Amazing patriots! Rhiannon12866 Dec 8 #16
The loss of living memory. PoindexterOglethorpe Dec 8 #17
Imagine surviving Pearl Harbor and then living to be 103! Sky Jewels Dec 9 #20
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