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About AMVETS AMVETS MISSION STATEMENT: To enhance and safe­guard the enti­tle­ments for all Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans who have served hon­or­ably and to improve the qual­ity of life for them, their fam­i­lies, and the com­mu­ni­ties where they live through lead­er­ship, advo­cacy and services. As one of America’s vet­er­ans ser­vice orga­ni­za­tions, AMVETS (or Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans) has a proud his­tory of assist­ing vet­er­ans and spon­sor­ing numer­ous pro­grams that serve our coun­try and its cit­i­zens. The help­ing hand that AMVETS extends to vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies takes many forms. One of the most vis­i­ble is our net­work of trained national ser­vice offi­cers (NSOs) accred­ited by the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs. Funded by the AMVETS National Ser­vice Foun­da­tion, these ded­i­cated men and women can be found in close to 50 states, pro­vid­ing sound advice and prompt action on com­pen­sa­tion claims at no charge to the veteran. In one recent year alone, AMVETS national ser­vice offi­cers processed more than 24,000 claims that resulted in vet­er­ans receiv­ing some $400 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion. This com­mit­ment to ser­vice traces its roots back to 1948, when our NSOs first began help­ing vet­er­ans of World War II to obtain the ben­e­fits promised them by the fed­eral government. Coin­ci­den­tally, it was these return­ing vet­er­ans who pro­vided the impe­tus for form­ing AMVETS in the first place. At the time, many of them belonged to vet­er­ans clubs on col­lege cam­puses. As the num­ber of returnees swelled into the mil­lions, it was evi­dent that some sort of nation­ally orga­nized assis­tance for them would be needed. The older estab­lished national groups wouldn’t do; the lead­ers of this new gen­er­a­tion of vet­er­ans wanted their own organization. With that in mind, eigh­teen of them, rep­re­sent­ing nine vet­er­ans clubs, met in Kansas City, Mo., and founded The Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans of World War II on Dec. 10, 1944. Less than three years later, on July 23, 1947, Pres­i­dent Harry S. Tru­man signed Pub­lic Law 216, mak­ing AMVETS the first World War II orga­ni­za­tion to be char­tered by Congress. Since then, the orig­i­nal char­ter has been amended sev­eral times to admit as mem­bers those who served in dif­fer­ent eras. Today, mem­ber­ship in AMVETS is open to any­one who is cur­rently serv­ing, or who has hon­or­ably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, to include the National Guard and Reserves. As a volunteer-led orga­ni­za­tion, we annu­ally elect and/or appoint offi­cers at the national, dis­trict, depart­ment and post lev­els. Each August, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from these lev­els attend the AMVETS national con­ven­tion to make deci­sions on issues affect­ing vet­er­ans and the organization. Over the years, AMVETS has been in the fore­front of public-policy related to national defense, ser­vices for home­less vet­er­ans, ade­quate fund­ing for the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs, con­cur­rent receipt of retire­ment pay and dis­abil­ity com­pen­sa­tion by dis­abled mil­i­tary retirees, vet­er­ans employ­ment and train­ing, POW/MIA account­abil­ity and flag protection. In addi­tion to the work of our national ser­vice offi­cers, other AMVETS mem­bers, as well as those in the AMVETS Ladies Aux­il­iary, will devote as many as 250,000 hours of free time a year to brighten the lives of hos­pi­tal­ized vet­er­ans. Here, some­thing as sim­ple as play­ing cards with the lonely or watch­ing tele­vi­sion with the dis­abled can make a world of difference. So can the assis­tance we give those who want to fin­ish their edu­ca­tion. Each year AMVETS awards schol­ar­ships total­ing $40,000 to deserv­ing high school seniors, ROTC stu­dents and vet­er­ans pur­su­ing higher education. But help­ing oth­ers is not lim­ited to our fel­low vet­er­ans. AMVETS mem­bers in more than 1,400 posts nation­wide also pro­mote and sup­port “qual­ity of life” community-service pro­grams rang­ing from Spe­cial Olympics and ROTC to scout­ing and organ-donor projects. Apart from these ini­tia­tives, the orga­ni­za­tion has thrown its mon­e­tary sup­port behind work on such national mon­u­ments as the USS. Ari­zona, the Statue of Lib­erty and the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Memo­r­ial. It also spon­sors its own car­il­lon pro­gram to honor America’s deceased ser­vice­men and women. Since 1949, when Pres­i­dent Tru­man ded­i­cated the first car­il­lon at Arling­ton National Ceme­tery, this pro­gram has grown to encom­pass more than 60 sites in the United States and overseas. Another trib­ute unique to AMVETS is the Sil­ver Hel­met Award, often referred to as the Vet­er­ans Oscar. A replica of the World War II GI hel­met, this pres­ti­gious award is pre­sented annu­ally to rec­og­nize excel­lence and achieve­ment in Amer­i­can­ism, defense, reha­bil­i­ta­tion, con­gres­sional ser­vice and other fields. As the orga­ni­za­tion moves fur­ther into the 21st cen­tury, it does so with the con­vic­tion that its focus on pre­serv­ing free­dom, sup­port­ing America’s defend­ers and serv­ing her com­mu­ni­ties remains a clear blue­print for con­tin­ued ser­vice to God and country.
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Black tears of oil still seep up from the submerged tomb of the 1177 sailors and Marines that perished in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. These are constant reminders of this defining moment of WWII that propelled America into global conflict and forever changed the course of world history. During the hour-and-fifty minute raid on Pearl Harbor, nearly 2,400 American servicemen died and approximately 1,170 were wounded. Eighteen ships lay sunken or badly damaged and close to 350 planes were put out of commission. The USS Arizona, one of seven battleships moored along Battleship Row was the most seriously devastated. Taking several hits from large, armor-piercing bombs, the great ship went down in less than nine minutes. As the President spoke to Congress, asking them to declare war on Japan, sailors were cutting through the still burning wreckage of the USS Arizona attempting to save others who were trapped inside the ship. The last survivor from the Arizona was pulled from the wreckage that afternoon. The loss of life that day wasn’t restricted only to military personnel, or even to Pearl Harbor. Forty nine civilians of very different backgrounds, ages, and locations on the island of Oahu also took a heavy toll. AMVETS is committed to ensuring that December 7, 1941, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared “A date which will live in infamy,” will always be remembered and preserved through the USS Arizona Memorial and the Wall of Remembrance. In the 1950’s, AMVETS helped secure the final required funding of $250,000 for the memorial. Unfortunately, the Wall of Remembrance, a permanent memorial with all the names inscribed in marble panels, began to deteriorate over many years, making them hard or impossible to read. In 1983, AMVETS replaced the Wall of Remembrance, which was rededicated in 1984. Thirty years later the Wall of Remembrance once again faced the challenges of deterioration and needed replacement. As keepers of the Wall, AMVETS again honored our commitment and raised the funds to replace the 138 Olympian White marble panels adorned with the names of the fallen. Construction on the Memorial began in August 2014 and the wall was rededicated this past Veterans Day 2014. For many Americans, the bombing of Pearl Harbor on that ordinary Sunday morning marked a change in the world as they knew it. The attack united us as people and strengthened our resolve to ultimately prevail over the forces of aggression. The vicious and unprovoked terrorist attacks of September 11 also served to remind us yet again that we still face challenges to our freedom, and we must be vigilant in defending liberty. Our country will not tolerate those who jeopardize our very way of life. The upsurge in American patriotism in response to the terrorist attacks — much like the response to the attack on Pearl Harbor gives us much reason for hope. As our country fights to eliminate international terrorism and bring those responsible for the attacks to justice, America’s veterans know — perhaps better than most — the sacrifices that must be made until victory is achieved. AMVETS, which had its beginnings in 1944, near the end of World War II, shoulders the responsibility to see to it that the United States never forgets those who served and died at Pearl Harbor. Realizing that freedom is best protected through strength, we will continue to stand firm on national defense issues.

Mission: AMVETS Hawaii mission is to provide advocacy, support and assistance for military, veterans and their families; To inform, influence and inspire; and To honor and never forget those who died not only at Ewa Field, but also those many more who died in sea battles or distance coral atolls - Coral Sea, Midway, Wake- their names often never recognized or mentioned for their sacrifices. It is our duty and our solemn vow to never forget those who fought and died. Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future - Preserve and Honor: Remembering the legacy of those who came before us - Educate and Inspire: Passing the legacy on to the generations who will follow It is our duty and our solemn vow to never forget those who fought and died. Let us always honor the brave men of the USS Arizona with this memorial so they may rest in peace among the waves and know they will never be forgotten. President Lincoln said that speeches and statues are not an adequate repayment for service in defense of one’s country. One day of remembrance is simply not enough for what these veterans did 73 years ago. For we are able to choose freedom today because of the bravery of those men and women whose fate, on that day, had been chosen for them. About AMVETS AMVETS NATIONAL MISSION STATEMENT: To enhance and safe­guard the enti­tle­ments for all Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans who have served hon­or­ably and to improve the qual­ity of life for them, their fam­i­lies, and the com­mu­ni­ties where they live through lead­er­ship, advo­cacy and services.

02/18/2020
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

U.S. Army divers interred the remains of Pearl Harbor survivor Lauren Bruner with those of his fellow crewmen aboard the sunken #USSArizona. Bruner’s remains will be the last to be interred in the wreckage. Meet one of the divers who took part in the hallowed ceremony. #KnowYourMil

#HappyPresidentsDay, Hooah!
02/17/2020

#HappyPresidentsDay, Hooah!

Paying tribute,Rest easy sir.#ForeverGrateful#AmericanVeterans#WorldWar2#PearlHarborSurvivor
02/16/2020

Paying tribute,
Rest easy sir.
#ForeverGrateful
#AmericanVeterans
#WorldWar2
#PearlHarborSurvivor

We are profoundly sad to say that last night, February 15, Donald passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his wife of nearly 70 years, Velma, and his son Randy. One of Donald's final wishes was that people remember Pearl Harbor and the men aboard the USS Arizona. Share their story and never forget those who gave all for our great country.

Donald Stratton, 97 years old.
USS Arizona Survivor
Husband of 69 years to Velma Stratton
Father to Robert, Randy, Gypsy and Roxanne Jo
Grandfather and Greatgrandfather to 13 amazing grandchildren
Author of New York Times Best Seller - All the Gallant Men.

Pacific Historic Parks - USS Arizona Memorial
02/14/2020

Pacific Historic Parks - USS Arizona Memorial

The attack on #PearlHarbor, lead one sailor to find true love.

Dean Darrow was a fire controlman 3rd class from rural Wisconsin, who was serving aboard the USS West Virginia when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. During the attack he was blown off the West Virginia’s deck, where he was miraculously pulled from the burning, oily waters of Pearl Harbor and rescued.

At the time he was bleeding from a small wound in his back that was believed to have been caused by shrapnel. He was treated for this wound, and then immediately returned to duty where he was ultimately transferred to the destroyer Porter.

Through the next several months of serving in the South Pacific, Darrow often felt horrible. It got to a point where he was unable to arise from his bunk, so he was finally shipped back to Pearl Harbor and the hospital ship Solace. Through a series of x-rays it was discovered that he had a bullet lodged so deep in his chest that it had pierced his heart.

Dean Darrow was sent to the naval hospital at Mare Island, CA and was scheduled for an unheard-of surgery, a procedure to remove the slug and sew up the hole. Alice Beck was a nurse at the hospital treating Dean, and she met him right before his surgery where he took hold of her hand and asked her to make him a promise.

He said, "Miss Becky, if I come through this, will you go on liberty with me?" Alice Beck replied that she'd be happy to go out of with him, but privately she doubted he'd survive the operation.

Not only did Dean Darrow survive, he and Miss Becky were later married and went on to have 4 beautiful children and a long and happy marriage.

Dean passed away in 1991, Alice still carries the bullet that pierced Dean’s heart with her to this day. She recently just celebrated her 100th birthday.

Read more of this touching love story: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/2300364-181/pearl-harbor-love-stories?sba=AAS

#PHP #PacificHistoricParks #PearlHarbor #WWII #USSWestVirginia #ValentinesDay #LoveStory #GreatestGeneration #TrueLove

For widest dissemination,
02/11/2020

For widest dissemination,

I recently talked story with Kimberlee Speakman of KHON2 News about my Silver Alert Bill (SB 3123) This bill creates and implements a program to alert the public of any missing senior citizen with an impaired mental condition, to be integrated with the MAILE/AMBER alert program. I introduced SB 3123 after learning about the disappearance of 76-year-old Milton Ishii of Makakilo back in November of last year. Milton has dementia and is a neighbor of my constituent, Kathy Davenport - who used to work for Councilmember Kym Pine and is currently running as a candidate for City Council District 1. Kathy and my office began to collaborate to see what the best strategy was for addressing this during the 2020 session.

The bill would direct our Attorney General, in cooperation with the county police departments, local broadcasters, and other state/county agencies, to develop and implement a statewide silver alert program that would be activated when there’s a missing senior. The silver alert program would be integrated with the existing MAILE/AMBER alert for missing children. The Committee on Human Services (HMS) scheduled the bill for a hearing on February 10. I’m hopeful we’ll get this passed to better protect our kupuna. It’s time for Hawai’i to join the other 27 states who already have similar laws on their books.
#silveralert

Checkout a few shots taken during DPAA Missing Man Chair Dedication Ceremony for our Unaccounted-For POW/MIAs! U.S. Navy...
02/08/2020

Checkout a few shots taken during DPAA Missing Man Chair Dedication Ceremony for our Unaccounted-For POW/MIAs!

U.S. Navy retired Capt. James Hickerson, former prisoner of war (right), and his wife, Carole, who created the design now used on the POW/MIA flag unveil a chair as part of a ceremony at DPAA’s facility on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Feb. 7, 2020.

The new stadium-style chair, which will be permanently secured in DPAA’s facility, pays tribute to the more than 81,000 unaccounted for American service members from our nation’s past conflicts. DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting of our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

#ForeverGratefulNation #NeverForgotten #POWMIA
#SacredDuty #DPAA #NobleMission #AmericanVeterans #AmVetsHawaii

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
02/08/2020

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

We had a special evening with Honor Flight Nevadaʻs group of veterans, many of whom served during WWII. For some of these veterans it was their first time seeing the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Mahalo to all who helped bring these heroes to Hawaiʻi.

MISSING PERSON ALERT:For widest dissemination,
02/07/2020
Senator Mike Gabbard

MISSING PERSON ALERT:
For widest dissemination,

Kathy Davenport, a constituent in my Senate district, contacted me about her neighbor, 76-year old, Milton Ishii, who has been missing since Thanksgiving. Hopefully this bill will pass to help Hawai’i kupuna and their ohana. Our aloha and prayers to the Ishii family as they continue to search for their beloved Milton.🙏🏽

#DPAA keeping our nation’s sacred promise,Leave No Americans Behind!#NeverForgotten#AmericanVeterans#KoreanWar#SacredDut...
02/07/2020
Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency

#DPAA keeping our nation’s sacred promise,
Leave No Americans Behind!
#NeverForgotten
#AmericanVeterans
#KoreanWar
#SacredDuty
#POWMIA
#UntilTheyAreHome

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Master Sgt. Harold F. Drews, 21, of Elgin, Illinois, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Nov. 5, 2019.

#ourpromise
#findyourconnection

#HappyBirthday!Thank you for your service sir!#AmericanVeterans#WorldWar2
02/06/2020

#HappyBirthday!
Thank you for your service sir!
#AmericanVeterans
#WorldWar2

Please help us wish a very happy birthday to #WorldWarII Veteran Kelly Houston, he recently turned a young 103!!! 🎂

Mr. Houston was drafted into the U.S. Army eight months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. “I figured I’d be going off to war soon, but I didn’t know it would be that soon,” he said. “I was glad to get back, too, I’ll tell you that.”

Mr. Houston fired mortars for the Army’s 32nd Infantry Division, “I set the mortar up and I fired it,” he said. “And I’ll tell you, that’s one thing I can say I am good at. I worked at Lockheed from ’52 to ’83, and I can’t say I was good at that, but I was at firing mortars.”

Read more: https://www.mdjonline.com/news/cobb-world-war-ii-vet-turns/article_cc416434-355b-11ea-aed4-5b0d8132d4b2.html

📸 credit: Ross Williams

#PHP #pacifichistoricparks #GreatestGeneration #NeverForget #HappyBirthday #WWII

#DPAA keeping our nation’s sacred promise,Leave No Americans Behind!#NeverForgotten#AmericanVeterans#WorldWar2#SacredDut...
02/05/2020
Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency

#DPAA keeping our nation’s sacred promise,
Leave No Americans Behind!
#NeverForgotten
#AmericanVeterans
#WorldWar2
#SacredDuty
#POWMIA
#UntilTheyAreHome

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Fireman 1st Class Hadley I. Heavin, 23, of Baxter Springs, Kansas, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 17, 2019.

#ourpromise
#findyourconnection

Paying tribute,Rest easy sir.#ForeverGrateful#AmericanVeterans#WorldWar2#PearlHarborSurvivor
02/04/2020

Paying tribute,
Rest easy sir.
#ForeverGrateful
#AmericanVeterans
#WorldWar2
#PearlHarborSurvivor

It is with great sadness that we share that #PearlHarborSurvivor Frank Wasniewski has passed away. He is believed to be Hudson County, New Jersey’s last known Pearl Harbor Survivor.

Mr. Wasniewski was stationed with the 98th Coast Artillery at Schofield Barracks, but the day of the attack he was at the Navy yard to pick up ammunition. “They bombed for two hours”, Mr. Wasniewski recounted in an early interview, “it was brutal.”

Fair winds and following seas, sir. 🇺🇸

Read more: https://www.nj.com/hudson/2020/01/hudson-countys-last-living-pearl-harbor-survivor-dies-at-age-100.html

📸: Reena Rose Sibayan, The Jersey Journal

#PHP #pacifichistoricparks #PearlHarbor #Dec71941 #Oahu #Hawaii #Schofield #GreatestGeneration #History #WWII

ALCON:For widest dissemination,#Coronavirus
02/03/2020
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

ALCON:
For widest dissemination,
#Coronavirus

Coronavirus: All DOD personnel are encouraged to follow the guidance put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We are happy to announce that Harosky Homes is a proud sponsor of our AMVETS Vet-HEAL Summit: Healthcare, Education, Adv...
02/02/2020

We are happy to announce that Harosky Homes is a proud sponsor of our AMVETS Vet-HEAL Summit: Healthcare, Education, Advocacy, and Legislation. Media Advisory Link:https://amvets-hawaii.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/AMVETS-HEAL-Summit-Media-Advisory.pdf

**Registration for our various sponsorship packages is done by emailing the undersigned at [email protected] or online at https://www.vethealsummit.com.

AMVETS issued a call to action, asking Congress, who had just returned from recess, to hit the ground running by prioritizing veteran suicide and mental health. Link: https://amvets.org/amvets-to-congress-it-is-time-to-get-to-work-on-addressing-our-veterans-suicide-and-mental-health-epidemic/

AMVETS continues to treat this crisis with the national importance it deserves with the inclusion of this issue in our upcoming demonstration ride set for Memorial Day week. The previous ride was touted as the largest pro-veteran motorcycle protest worldwide. AMVETS aims to upholding that reputation in an effort to garner much-needed national attention around the veteran suicide crisis. Link: https://amvets.org/amvets-to-host-major-pro-veterans-demonstration/

AMVETS Chief Advocacy Officer Sherman Gillums. Jr: “There’s no shortage of advocacy when it comes to veteran suicide. But there is a shortage of coordination that closes gaps...”

AMVETS VET-HEAL Program Link: https://amvets.org/vet-heal/

#HaroskyHomes #Sponsor #AMVETS #HealProgram #VetHealSummit #UHWO #AmVetsHawaii #Veterans #Military #WestOahu #Hawaii

We are happy to announce that Hawaii Mortgage Experts LLC is a proud Sponsor of our AMVETS Vet-HEAL Summit: Healthcare, ...
02/02/2020

We are happy to announce that Hawaii Mortgage Experts LLC is a proud Sponsor of our AMVETS Vet-HEAL Summit: Healthcare, Education, Advocacy, and Legislation.

**Registration for our various sponsorship packages is done by emailing the undersigned at [email protected] or online at https://www.vethealsummit.com

When: 27- 28 March 2020 from 0900 to 1600
Where: University of Hawaii at West Oahu, Bldg C-208, 91-1001 Farrington Highway, Kapolei 96706

Guest Speakers includes:
. Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair, District 20
. Major General Suzanne Vares-Lum, US Indo-Pacific Command
. Colonel Gregory D. Gadson (USA, Retired), Actor & Motivational Speaker
. Dr. David Brown, Clinical Psychologist, AMVETS HEAL Advisory Board Member
. Dr. Anthony M. Hassan, Ed.D, LCSW, CEO & President, Cohen Veterans Network
. Colonel Ronald P. Han Jr., Director, Office of Veterans' Services
. Sergio S. Chao, Director, Honolulu VA Regional Office
. Sherman Gillums Jr. (USMC, Retied), AMVETS National Chief Advocacy Officer
. Cherissa Jackson, RN (USAF, Retired), AMVETS National Chief Medical Executive
. Colonel Rob Swanson (USAF, Retired), AMVETS HEAL Advisory Board Member
. Chancellor, Maenette K.P. Ah Nee-Benham, University of Hawaii, West Oahu

Learn about AMVETS HEAL Program: https://amvets.org/vet-heal

Media Advisory Link:https://amvets-hawaii.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/AMVETS-HEAL-Summit-Media-Advisory.pdf

AMVETS HEAL Online Training: https://amvets.org/vet-heal

#HawaiiMortgageExpertsLLC #Sponsor #AMVETS #HealProgram #VetHealSummit #UHWO #AmVetsHawaii #Veterans #Military #WestOahu #Hawaii

Congressman Ed Case
02/01/2020

Congressman Ed Case

This August 15th we celebrate the 75th anniversary of V-J Day and the end of WWII fittingly at Pearl Harbor on the decks of the USS Missouri where it all ended. Great news that U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has agreed to our delegation request to provide logistical support, to go with the $5 million we funded to help out.

01/31/2020
Boston 25 News

A Forever Grateful Nation,
#SacredDuty
#HonoringOurHeroes
#AmericanVeterans
#NeverForgotten

Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Captain Ryan s. Phaneuf. The Air Force officer from Hudson, NH was killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan. 🇺🇸 boston25.com/2uKUPwO

Paying tribute,Rest easy sir.#ForeverGratefulNation#NeverForgotten#AmericanVeterans#WorldWar2#PearlHarborSurvivor
01/29/2020

Paying tribute,
Rest easy sir.
#ForeverGratefulNation
#NeverForgotten
#AmericanVeterans
#WorldWar2
#PearlHarborSurvivor

It is with great sadness that we share that #PearlHarborSurvivor Woodrow “Woody” Wilson Derby has passed away.

Woody was stationed aboard the USS Nevada (BB-36), when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. Fair winds and following seas, sailor. 🇺🇸

The USS Nevada was the only battleship from Battleship Row that got underway during the attack, read more of Mr. Wilson Derby’s account of that fateful morning “We were hit by one torpedo and two bombs. The ship got underway. The commanding officer and the exec were both still ashore. The reserve lieutenant commander was the boss man and he did a good job. We came down the channel, and a second wave of planes came out and we were struck by six bombs,”. Derby worked as a storekeeper in the Nevada’s supply room when the ship was attacked. He recalled hearing the sounds of bombing and water flooding into the battleship. “I was five decks down on the port side as we came up the channel. They torpedoed us on the port side and we got flooded out in about 15 minutes. Water came dashing into the magazine. You know what? I didn’t even get scared. I just got my feet wet,” Derby said. The day after the attack Derby helped get all of the crew’s pay records out of the ship so the crew could be paid on time. “I was on the Nevada for seven years and two months. I went from seaman second to chief petty officer during my Navy career. I stayed in the Navy for 20 years,” Derby said. Nevada earned seven battle stars during his time of service, he said.

"We all serve in the Navy for a reason, I was proud to serve my country because I was motivated by values that included more than earning a living. I was also motivated by honor, patriotism, integrity, and, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, a fighting spirit. It's that spirit that helped us win the war and keeps us going today. We have the best Navy in the world and I don't see that changing any time soon.” – Pearl Harbor Survivor Woodrow Wilson Derby

Thank you to the The United States Navy Memorial/The Navy Log and CDR Roy A. Mosteller, USNR (Ret) for this interview.

Link to read more: http://navylog.navymemorial.org/derby-woodrow

📸 1: Woodrow Wilson Derby 1939
📸 2: AP Photo/Lucy Pemoni)

Today marks 75 years since the liberation of #Auschwitz - International #HolocaustMemorialDay... #NeverForget during the...
01/27/2020
Auschwitz survivors pay homage as world remembers Holocaust

Today marks 75 years since the liberation of #Auschwitz - International #HolocaustMemorialDay...
#NeverForget during the #Holocaust the Nazis murdered six million Jews...
#NeverAgain

Former prisoners of Auschwitz have placed flowers at an execution wall at the former Nazi German death camp on the 74th anniversary of the camp's liberation and what is now International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Paying tribute,Rest easy sir. #GratefulNation #NeverForgotten#AmericanVeterans#WorldWar2#PearlHarborSurvivor
01/26/2020
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Paying tribute,
Rest easy sir.
#GratefulNation
#NeverForgotten
#AmericanVeterans
#WorldWar2
#PearlHarborSurvivor

At least four Pearl Harbor veterans, three in their late 90s and one who was 100, recently died within weeks of one another.

#hinews #pearlharbor #staradvertiser

CDC ALERT: For widest dissemination
01/25/2020
Hawai'i Senate

CDC ALERT: For widest dissemination

The Hawai'i Department of Health (DOH) is also advising everyone (six months of age or older) and especially those who travel to receive a flu vaccination. Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist, said, “With current seasonal influenza activity, it is likely that there may be confusion as persons with influenza will exhibit similar signs and symptoms such as fever and cough. The more people vaccinated against flu, the more helpful that will be.”

#HawaiiDepartmentofHealth #DOH #CoronaVirus #2019nCoV #Health #SarahPark #WashHands #CoverYourMouth #China #WuhanCity #HubeiProvince #HawaiiState #OneHawaii

https://www.hawaiisenatemajority.com/post/dept-of-health-provides-guidance-to-healthcare-providers-for-china-s-novel-coronavirus-outbreak

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I just came on board with AMVET Arizona Post, Retired Navy, and would like to introduce myself. I am a Disabled Viet Nam Vet. who served for 22 years with my first carrier being the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) and Command being VA-155 out of Lemoore, Ca. A few squadrons and ships latter I retired and began working for Army Hawaii as a civilian employee until my retirement last March serving my country and those serving for over 47 years. I am an avid SCUBA Diver and a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Instructor (MSDT) who is currently in Dive Master status. I have all my own equipment and dive at the drop of a hat. I am into weapons and reloading, archery and love to hunt. Being new with the AMVET I appreciate the assistance others can provide while I am getting my feet firmly on the ground. My E Mail is [email protected] and I look forward to meeting many at the AMVET meetings as I will be there for the 12 of Jan meeting.
Share to Honor the WW2 Pearl Harbor Fallen - Lawrence Anderson, USS Arizona, was born 100 years ago today on August 21, 1918. Read about Lawrence at:
Happy new year!
On the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor in 1991 I stood on the deck of the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor with the veterans and it was one of my greatest honors. Thank you to these men for their dedication to our country and for the lives lost, may they rest in peace. WE REMEMBER!
My Great-Uncle, Neil Mataweny Wilson,was a Machinist on the USS Arizona. My Mom wrote a short story/essay on what it was like to hear about Pearl Harbor on the radio while she was making out a Christmas card to her favorite uncle. Mary Regan is almost 92 but in good health. I'd like to get her to the Dec 7th ceremonies this year.
USS Arizona model almost done