Navy Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Story Number: NNS111206-29Release Date: 12/6/2011 3:46:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Stephen Murphy, Defense Media Activity - Navy

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy is participating in a ceremony at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the 1941 attack and of those who lost their lives during the raid.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will speak at the event that will also feature a pass-in-review by USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93).

The 70th anniversary commemoration is expected to draw several Pearl Harbor survivors.

Edward Borucki served aboard World War II cruiser USS Helena and witnessed the attack first hand.

"We were at Dock 10 across from the Battleship Row," he said. "Twelve-seven was the day. Remember Pearl Harbor, December 7th, the day of infamy. I'll never forget that."

Borucki's son Peter Borucki made the trip to Pearl Harbor with him.

"It is such an emotional thing to come here, and it's like a pilgrimage; we come every year," said Peter Borucki. "I'm very grateful that my father, at 91 years old, is healthy enough to actually make this trip and to listen to the other veterans and hear their stories. It's so moving, and it's an experience that I'm grateful that I'm able to take advantage."

In honor of the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, stories, photos and videos are available at The page also contains information about events scheduled for Dec. 7.

Watch a live broadcast of the commemoration at 12:40 p.m. (EST) Dec. 7, on the Pentagon Channel at

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Dec. 8, 1941 historical image from Pearl Harbor.
111201-O-ZZ999-001 PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 8, 1941) Rescue crews work on the upturned hull of the 29,000-ton battleship USS Oklahoma (BB 37) Dec. 8, 1941. The ship capsized after being struck by Japanese warplanes during the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. Holes were burned through the hull to permit the rescue of some of the men trapped below. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Archives/Released)
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