Likewise, fleet cryptological analysts Stage Station Hypo refused to give up, despite earlier setbacks that failed to foresee the attack. His eyes saw the aftermath.
Trump said he hoped the vets would join him every year to mark the occasion for the next - presuming he runs and wins reelection - seven years.
Yet some memories he can't purge.
"They will always be in our hearts", said Davis.
In Minnesota, survivors gathered for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at Historic Fort Snelling visitor's center.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 2,000 Americans were killed in the attack and more than 1,000 were wounded.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress on December 8, the day after the crushing attack on Pearl Harbor.
"Those were the saddest people I've ever seen in my life", said Bell. "They had a mini-submarine, is what I call it".
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"More than seven decades after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared December 7, 1941 as 'a date which will live in infamy, ' tangible proof of the day's events are still visible at Pearl Harbor", Mabee continued.
Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O'Malley, the committee's vice chairman, and Lackawanna County Judge Thomas Munley, a veteran of the Vietnam War, also spoke.
Labranche said preserving people's legacies is what drives the Pearl Harbor Day ceremony.
As witnesses to the war pass, the monumental size of the conflict seems to shrink in the public's conscious.
Additionally, American intelligence officials were confident that any Japanese attack would take place in one of the (relatively) nearby European colonies in the South Pacific: the Dutch East Indies, Singapore or Indochina. "We had to swim to Ford Island", said Alston. Just remember Pearl Harbor, as we did the Alamo, ' Ganitch intoned.
There was a touching tribute to survivors of Pearl Harbor at the state Capitol on Thursday. "There's a correlation between these two events". We can't forget that.
"That was an attack on the United States", said Snow. "Bombs that fell from the sky like rain", said Retired Col. Ralph Newman of the U.S. Army, reading Davis' words at a Pearl Harbor memorial on Thursday.