73 Years Ago Today–Pearl Harbor Still a Day for the Ages, but a Memory Almost Gone

For more than half a century, members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association gathered here every Dec. 7 to commemorate the attack by the Japanese that drew the United States into World War II. Others stayed closer to home for more intimate regional chapter ceremonies, sharing memories of a day they still remember in searing detail.

But no more. The 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack will be the last one marked by the survivors’ association. With a concession to the reality of time ”” of age, of deteriorating health and death ”” the association will disband on Dec. 31.

“We had no choice,” said William H. Eckel, 89, who was once the director of the Fourth Division of the survivors’ association, interviewed by telephone from Texas. “Wives and family members have been trying to keep it operating, but they just can’t do it. People are winding up in nursing homes and intensive care places.”

Read it all from 2011.

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One comment on “73 Years Ago Today–Pearl Harbor Still a Day for the Ages, but a Memory Almost Gone

  1. Br. Michael says:

    All veteran’s associations will die out. It’s that simple. And the solution is also simple. From inception it must be open to the descendents of those veterans. Such an association may not survive, but at least it has a chance.