The Pearl Harbor Survivors of Pensacola, families and supporters needed a plan on how to participate in the remembrance of the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. The survivors all wanted to attend the events in Hawaii but because of their age and tremendous expense they decided they would not make the trip. Little did they know a backup plan was already taking shape. USAF Lt Col (Ret) William (Bill) Phillips had dreamed of taking them to the WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA for several years. Now he was going to make it happen!
Bill received great cooperation from Lauren Handley Assistant Director of Education Programs at the WWII Museum in making the arrangements. CDR USN (Ret) Marty Medve, owner of Trident Home Loans and retired USN Pilot provided the tour bus transportation with his continued generous support for Pensacola Pearl Harbor Survivors, Sgt Maj USMC (Ret) William Braddock (Ford Island), CWO4 USN (Ret) Francis Emond (USS Pennsylvania), LCDR USN (Ret) Cass Phillips (Kaneohe), and widow of PHS CDR USN (Ret) Joseph Engel, Angelina Engel (present at the attack on Kaneohe NAS). Forty supporters, friends and family also attended the events.
The WWII Museum rolled out the red carpet for this exciting four day visit by the Pearl Harbor Survivors and their group. They provided hotel rooms for the Survivors and two behind the scene tours of the museum. A wonderful luncheon was hosted that included a Christmas show by the Victory Belles (Andrews Sisters Tribute) singing the songs of the WWII era as well as front row seats at the Tom Hanks 3D movie “Beyond All Boundaries”.
On December 7th the museum presented their event honoring the 75th Anniversary of the attack. Distinguished speakers included historians and authors.
A wonderful video documentary was followed by a stage presentation featuring the Pensacola Survivors. They each told their personal account of the attack on the “Day of Infamy”.
Sons & Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors Past National President, Rick Carraway, told the story of his dad, ETC USN (Ret) Myron Jay Carraway (USS Hulbert) on that fateful morning. Rick also spoke about the ending of the Pearl Harbor Survivor Association in 2011 due to the age and health issues of its members. He went on the explain that the Sons & Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors has been passed the torch to keep the memories and history of these great heroes in the minds of all Americans. Other guests spoke of their father’s involvement in Pearl Harbor and WWII.
Students on school trips to a museum get a real treat when they get to meet heroes that survived the war.
Later that evening the Pearl Harbor Survivors and their group enjoyed the beautiful Holiday lights and decorations throughout the city of New Orleans. Before returning to Pensacola December 8th, they were treated to a historic and cultural bus tour of the fantastic city of New Orleans.
Please enjoy these wonderful photos provided by professional photographer, Billie Nicholson, friend and supporter of the Pensacola Pearl Harbor Survivors.