5 condolences: Pearl Harbor survivors

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, we pause to reflect and to share 5 condolence messages for Pearl Harbor survivors:

  1. I am sad because I shall miss our periodic phone calls, but one cannot grieve so fine a life,so nobly lived and so well served during World War TWO. And there is joy in our hearts,because he was an American soldier,a comrade in arms and a WW2 buddy. You will now be a star in the sky.Your WW2 buddy,Pearl Harbor Survivor [Published in Baltimore Sun]
  2. I met Mr. Rininger 30 years ago when I worked at the Main Library and was in charge of exhibits. He was instrumental in providing items for our annual Veterans display, in conjunction with our Veterans Day program, and participated in the ceremony several times. I was also involved with other Pearl Harbor survivors, and interviewed all of them for the 40th anniversary in 1981. He was a great human being and had a fascinating story to tell. He will be greatly missed. [Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer]
  3. Jack’s stories of firing a machine gun at the attacking Japanese planes at Pearl Harbor would take your breath away. We have lost a fine man and a fine American. [Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
  4. You are such a blessed man. So humble and gentle. When you and Aunt Kay came to Hawaii while I was stationed there was such an excitement for me. Learning more history of Pearl Harbor than I ever would from a book. We drove around and you explained your life experience from Pearl Harbor to me. I was so honored to attend the services with you and Aunt Kay. I hoped my military service would be as successful. [Published in Orange County Register]
  5. He and my husband were acquainted through the Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Association. I remember them talking about how likely it was that my husband (on the USS Tennessee) helped Ernie “escape” off the USS West Virginia on that fateful day. [Published in Idaho Statesman]

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I joined Legacy.com in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at Legacy.com is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie.
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