Following the attack on Pearl harbor, a damaged Japanese plane landed on the island of Niihau and the pilot's maps and documents were taken by a local Hawaiian.
In addition to Schmitt's Silver Star, the Secretary also awarded the Bronze Star Medal to Chief Boatswain's Mate Joseph L. George for action at while serving aboard the repair ship USS Vestal (AR 4).
With a fire raging on board, the crew was forced to abandon the ship before the nearby USS O'Brien deliberately sank the Ward.
"That was the second time I saw my mom cry", Bennett said. Allied bombers were beginning to punish the interior of Germany.
We discovered a year ago today that we had been too complacent about (Japan); that in spite of ample warnings we were fast asleep while (Japan) prepared to stab us in the back; that our high command had not done its duty for us. It was more like "wonderment" of what would happen next.
For Bonelli, the attack, the entire war, really, was a major turning point.
The "Date Which Will Live in Infamy" was remembered, as it always is on December 7, at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. He said the Cris Craft Boat Company had set up earlier in 1941, and BF Goodrich and Kysor heaters were part of a core of good companies in town. It never dropped a depth charger, a kind of underwater bomb, on a submarine. "I remember picking that", Jeffers said. Botts and his friends went to bed as usual, sleeping the sleep of innocents.
The USSArizona.org provides information on everyone from the ship who was killed in the invasion.
Named after the chaplain, USS Schmitt (DE 676) was commissioned July 24, 1943.
"I loved watching all that stuff", said Jeffers, ruminating on footage from combat. "We would hide", Jeffers said.
The ceremony has been an annual tradition for at least eight years and is organized by museum Director Tyler Gum. He remembers seeing buildings afire, and a B-17 blasted to bits on a runway. Because they were civilians, it was unclear what role they should play.
McMahon added that her father was among those working on war materials for use in battle. Schmitt's family petitioned the Navy to upgrade his recognition to a combat valor award. He was laid off in October, and then fate took a hand.
"I had an uncle, Stanley (Yablonski)".
Veterans and community officials spoke, honoring the memory of those who lost their lives.
"There was a soldier on the bus who was carrying a big palm leaf".
Around 2,300 American servicemen died in the attack, with just over 1,000 more injured.
"His guns were blazing, as they say". A real thin paper.
"That was pretty ironic".
For many who were left at home, details of the events that unfolded across the globe in the wake of Pearl Harbor remain a mystery even to this day. "That is what war is all about".