Vets group disbanding
It is sad that we are losing an organization for our few remaining Pearl Vets.
During the ceremony, a group of survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack announced that they would disband at the end of the month. William Muehleib, president of the Pearl Harbors Association, cited age and poor health of the remaining members.
As age takes these examples of 'The Greatest Generation', I would like to point out one of the classiest things that this country does for the survivors of the USS Utah and the USS Arizona. As they pass away they have the option of having their cremated remains placed with their fallen brothers. Not just at Arlington National Cemetery, but IN their vessels in Pearl Harbor.
Also this week, five ash scattering and interment ceremonies are being held for five survivors whose cremated remains are returning to Pearl Harbor after their deaths.
On Tuesday, an urn containing the ashes of Lee Soucy was placed on his battleship, the USS Utah, which is lying on its side near the place where it sank. The ashes of Vernon Olsen, who was on the Arizona during the attack, will be placed on his ship late Wednesday.
An example of why these men are heroes is Lee Soucy, who lived to be 90, was a pharmacist mate on The USS Utah. He had just finished breakfast that morning when the Japanese planes started dropping bombs. He rushed to his battle station after the Utah was hit, but he soon heard the call to abandon ship as the vessel began sinking. He swam to shore, where he made a makeshift first aid center to help the wounded and dying. He worked straight through for TWO DAYS.
Dan Emplit WBFD
USN 1986 - 1992