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Pearl Harbor remembrance set for Saturday in St. Paul

The 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will be remembered Saturday, Dec. 7, with a ceremony in St. Paul.

The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and Fort Snelling National Cemetery Memorial Rifle Squad will host the 10 a.m. remembrance ceremony at the Veterans Services Building near the state Capitol.

Included will be a rifle salute, a brief program with remarks by guest speaker George Augustinack of the Dan Patch Historical Society and recognition of USS Arizona survivor Edward Wentzlaff. The Arizona was sunk in the harbor, and its hull is now a memorial in the harbor.

Minnesota had a role in Pearl Harbor when the USS Ward, a destroyer crewed by many Minnesota Naval Reservists, was patrolling the Hawaiian harbor during the attack and fired the first U.S. shots of World War II, sinking a Japanese midget submarine.

The No. 3 gun from the Ward, which fired that first shot, is displayed on the state Capitol grounds, near the Veterans Services Building.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 12/03/2013 - 03:33 pm.

    Dec 7

    Some of my buddies will be down there for the ceremony, dressed in WWII uniform. If you have the time, drop on by for the ceremony and give the vets a salute. They won’t be around very much longer.

  2. Submitted by jonathan bair on 03/31/2014 - 04:41 pm.

    dose anyone have the news clip on the gun??

    Hey there all. I was wondering if anyone remembered what news station aired a clip about then gun. I think it was the 50th anniversary of pearl harbor, but I am not sure for sure as I was just like 8 years old or so.

    I remember getting to meet one of the brave men who was a gunner of that gun and he was showing me what stuff would have done when the gun was operational by cranking the different gears..

    For all who serve in the different services I want to thank you.

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