CHICAGO (WBBM) – The City of Chicago paid tribute to the survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on this 69th anniversary of the Day that will live in Infamy.
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WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the ceremony was held Tuesday morning at Navy Pier. Pearl Harbor survivor Jack Barry, of the Edison Park neighborhood, read the names as a bell was rung for each of the seven Chicagoans who died aboard the U.S.S. Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941.
Fellow survivor Dean Garrett recalled there was oil burning in the water when the ship went down.
“Our men were there; many of them in the water,” Garrett said. “Severe burns were everywhere. My friend John is still missing in action.”
The survivors thanked Mayor Richard M. Daley for creating the annual remembrance 14 years ago, and presented him with the bell.