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Alameda’s Coast Guard Island to Host Pearl Harbor Survivors

A ceremony tomorrow on Coast Guard Island will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that finally brought the United States into World War II.

Seven Pearl Harbor attack survivors will attend. The veterans and senior Coast Guard officers will arrive in World War II era miltary vehicles.

The ceremony will include a reading of a proclamation, a 21-gun salute followed by a playing of taps, and a wreath hanging at 9:55 a.m. Pacific time to note the time of the start of the attacks in 1941.

The vehicles will arrive at 7:55 a.m, the ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by the hanging of the wreath.

The event takes place on Coast Guard Island, Building 4 Point Welcome Room.

Naval Air Station Alameda played a key role in the Pacific theater during the war.

The United States retaliated against Japan for the Pearl Harbor attack by bombing Tokyo and other cities from the air in April, 1942. 16 B-25 medium bombers were loaded onto the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) at Naval Air Station Alameda, from which they took off towards Japan, in what is known as the “Doolittle Raid.”

The Hornet (CV-8) was subsequently sunk later that year in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands; the USS Kearsarge, construction on which started in August of that same year, was renamed the USS Hornet (CV-12) as a result. That ship is now the USS Hornet museum, berthed at Alameda Point, as the former Navy base is now known.

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