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Pearl Harbor veterans remembered at Naval Station Everett

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Published on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 by JOURNAL STAFF

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Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Wans prepares to throw the ceremonial wreath during the USS Ford (FFG 54),
Naval Station Everett Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony held on NAVSTA Everett Dec. 7.

USS Ford (FFG 54) and Naval Station Everett honored veterans during a Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony on NAVSTA Everett on Monday, Dec. 7.

Four Pearl Harbor veterans were in attendance as well as the family members of six others.
Cmdr. Cord H. Luby, Commanding Officer USS Ford (FFG 54), spoke about the veterans’ sacrifices.
“Without the valor of our Pearl Harbor veterans, it is possible to imagine that we would not be the superpower we are today, a country with the most impressive Navy in the world,” he said. “The Navy that we are today is a Navy that was rebuilt from the ashes of Dec. 7, 68 years ago when it was never more important to show the world America’s fighting spirit and unwillingness to quit.”

Ray Stephanson, Mayor, City of Everett, brought thanks to the veterans from Everett.  
“For many of us in my generation, Pearl Harbor is in the books and in the movies, but for many here it was an experience of a lifetime that will never be forgotten,” he said.

In addition to reading the Presidential Proclamation for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the ceremony included placing a ceremonial wreath in the waters by NAVSTA Everett.

Ray Wans, who was a Seaman 2nd Class aboard the seaplane tender USS Curtiss (AV 4), had the honor of throwing the wreath into the water. During the course of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Curtiss’ gun crews shot down three Japanese planes and put a five-inch shell through the conning tower of a midget submarine.
“It was an honor to do that,” said Wans. “I try to make a point to come out every year for Pearl Harbor Day.”

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