New commemorative plaque, letter from Gov. Sandoval aimed at ensuring that state’s namesake battleship and crew continue “inspiring sailors for as long as there is a United States Navy.”
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Governor delivers homemade cookies to one guardsman during Pentagon-sponsored visit to Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.
The news media widely reported this week that Shinzo Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor when he goes later this month — but he won’t be.
Divers deposit urns containing ashes of two of the last survivors inside the sunken warship, where they will forever rest alongside the remains of hundreds of their former shipmates.
With thoughts still smoldering of the Japanese air raid that killed 1,177 of their shipmates on the USS Arizona 75 years ago Wednesday, four of the last remaining survivors of that Pearl Harbor battleship said it will be tough to bury two more.
“If it was right after the attack on Pearl Harbor, I’d want to kick him in the ass. … (But now) I have no hate for the Japanese,” says one 93-year-old former USS Nevada sailor.
Veterans, family members and dignitaries are converging on the site of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack that drew the United States into World War II in advance of Wednesday’s 75 th anniversary commemoration ceremony at the USS Arizona Memorial.
No other details, including the itinerary and the length of the visit, were immediately released for security reasons.
“I’m not sure we have gained an awful lot from that experience,” says survivor Lenoard Nielsen, 94, of Las Vegas.
Two of the battle’s last remaining survivors tell how teenage crew pulled off one of the most storied maneuvers in maritime military history.
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