VFW Post, Auxiliary host Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony
The death, destruction and losses of the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on American military forces at Pearl Harbor were the focus of a remembrance ceremony held by VFW Post 8904 and the Post Auxiliary.
The Friday ceremony was held inside the Historic 1885 Shelby County Courthouse. The event commemorated the beginning of World War II in the Pacific theater and battles that would wage on until 1945, said Larry Hume, master of ceremonies and Post quartermaster.
“I'd like to thank you for being here today as we honor and remember those who 77 years ago were at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,” Hume said. The program included prayer, Pledge of Allegiance and
“We all know the story of Pearl Harbor when Japanese planes appeared over the harbor before 8 a.m. On that Sunday morning,” he said. “When the attack ceased shortly before 10 a.m., less than two hours after it began, American forces had paid a fearful price.”
Hume said 18 ships were either damaged or sunk, 180 aircraft were destroyed and 2,403 were dead and thousands of others wounded.
The names of veterans with Shelby County connections who were at Pearl Harbor were read by participants and included:
Oswald Bill Adams, U.S. Navy; Sidney A. Dry, U.S. Navy; Sammie Lowell, U.S. Army; Clarence “Chuck” Otterman, U.S. Navy; A.L. “Mann” Pinkston, U.S. Navy; Glenn Prince, U.S. Navy; V.A. Buck Reynolds, U.S. Navy; Harold Rodgers, U.S. Navy; Robert Rupe, U.S. Navy; James R. Stephens, U.S. Army; R.D. Strong, U.S. Navy, Henry R. Victory, U.S. Army; Willie Edward Windham, U.S. Army; and Earl O. Wood, U.S. Army.
The ceremony concluded with a group photograph and the playing of Taps.