Wednesday marks the 81st anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II —and some veterans still make the trip to the Aloha State to commemorate the historical event and the bravery of the Greatest Generation.
Including 102-year-old Ira Schab.
Watch the clip above.
From Fox News:
“I’m not worthy,” Ira “Ike” Schab, 102, said as officers greeted him with a ceremonial water salute. “Who’s worth all this?”
Marian Wynn and Marian Sousa, two women who worked as engineers and line workers as part of the “Rosie the Riveters” workforce movement, also made the trip and were equally moved by the welcome, insisting “we’re not heroes.”
“We just wanted to do our job and get the guys home,” Sousa told Hawaii News Now.
Schab was only 21 when Japanese pilots bombed the naval base on Dec. 7, 1941. As a saxophone player assigned to the band aboard the USS Dobbin, he was present at the base to meet with his brother when the attack started.
Kimberlee Heinrichs, Schab’s daughter, last year described the difficulty her father faced on that day as he pulled bodies out of the water. He did not open up much about what he saw until he was much older, she said.
Today, Schab lives in Oregon, in a town called Aloha just outside Portland.
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