PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- An ash-scattering ceremony was held for a Pearl Harbor survivor Navy Chief Warrant Officer (retired) Dallas C. Harvey of Highland, Illinois, Oct. 30 at USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
In attendance ware Harveys' two sons Edward and Steve, along with their wives and a close friend of the family, Ret. U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Kate Broadhurst.
"I had the privilege to meet Dallas in 1997 right after I retired from the Army," said Broadhurst. "I had the honor of taking him to a lot of school functions and talking to the children, in-fact one of the first ones was my son's class who was 12 at the time. Dallas always captured these kids attention and he had first-hand knowledge of everything that happened [Dec. 7] and he had their undivided attention for hours at a time."
Harvey was serving aboard USS Argonne (AG 31) as a Hospital Corpsman earlier in his career on the morning of the 1941 Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor.
Harvey retired in 1967 following 30 years of honorable service. During his retirement he was one of the three members to start and work with the Military Ministry for Campus Crusade for Christ until his passing on Apr. 27, at the age of 95.
"This [ceremony] was beyond anything that we could have imagined," said Harveys' youngest son Edward. "My dad was proud of his thirty years of service and then serving alongside the military even beyond that for another 35 years, working as a chaplain in the ministry, bringing everything together for our Sailors everywhere. I am just grateful for all those who serve and keep us safe."
Harvey's sons stated that their father's last wishes was to make a final trip back to Hawaii and have his ashes scatted in Pearl Harbor alongside his shipmates who lost their lives during the attacks.
"A few years ago he just thought about being buried in one of the national cemeteries and then he decided on being buried here," said Harveys' son Steve. "I guess you had to have been here on Dec. 7, to know how you would feel about what it was so long ago and what it is today."
Pearl Harbor Survivors Liaison and U.S. Navy (retired) Master Chief Jim Taylor said Harvey was one of the first 40 Navy Sailors to "climb the enlisted ladder" and to be commissioned as a U.S. naval officer and to command the Naval Medical Service Corps.
Military honors included a gun salute, playing of Taps, and presentations of American flags by the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Honors and Ceremonial Guard to both sons in attendance.
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