76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack marked at Charlestown Navy Yard

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"In the words of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the day December 7, 1941 is a day that will live in infamy", Pasiak said.

Pearl Harbor survivor Proctor Davis, who served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, stands as retired Col. Ralph Newman of the U.S. Army reads his story about the attack. The president also promised them his administration would build up the military.

The USS Ward, a destroyer, which had been decommissioned for two decades after World War I and brought back into service in January 1941, was the first U.S. Navy ship to fire a salvo at the Japanese after their attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, he said.

Billings radio host Lonnie Bell was a teenager when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, serving in the Navy thousands of miles away in the North Atlantic.

More than 2,400 lives were lost when the Japanese attacked.

"I can not help but note that just as the crew of the USS Ward was not caught unprepared by peacetime mentality, likewise the Pacific Fleet was not trapped by fear and uncertainty following the attack that morning", he said. Against the backdrop of the Trump administration's travel ban targeting travelers from mostly Muslim-majority countries, World War II-era propaganda and signs remind us what happens when an entire group of people is scapegoated during a time of conflict.

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This October, local Vietnam veteran Virgil Johnson and his wife, Marilyn, visited Pearl Harbor and toured the USS Missouri. They are HEROES, and they are living witnesses to American History. The moment was timed for 7:55 a.m. - the same time the attack began.

Mukoyama, a Chicago native of Japanese descent, became the first Asian-American in US history to command an army division in 1986.

The 20-minute ceremony was attended by Mayor John Antaramian, Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser, State Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem Lakes), State Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) and Kenosha County Division Director of Veterans Services Ali Nelson.

The United States was particularly unhappy with Japan's increasingly belligerent attitude toward China. He served out the rest of WWII in the Pacific theater, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. "That's a lesson I'll never forget".

Like many at the time, Clinton lied about his age to join the military.