Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Pearl Harbor Survivors Return to Ships After Death

HONOLULU (AP) — Five memorials are being held in Pearl Harbor this week for servicemen who lived through the assault and want their remains placed in Pearl Harbor out of pride and affinity for those they left behind.

Divers will place the remains of one sailor on the USS Utah and another on the USS Arizona. The ashes of three others will be scattered in the harbor.

Jim Taylor, a retired sailor who coordinates the ceremonies, says the survivors want to return and be with their shipmates.

The memorials are happening the same week as the 70th anniversary of the attack that killed 2,390 Americans and brought the United States into World War II.

A larger ceremony remembering all of those who died will be held Wednesday morning.

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