HEROES: Eight Years After

In the early morning hush, as the little party disembarked from two Navy launches and climbed up on the old Arizona's rusted, heat-warped deck, Pearl Harbor seemed as desolate as an empty house. The visitors stood with bared heads in the sun. Beneath them in the battleship's flooded compartments still lay the bodies of 1,092 U.S. sailors. It was a little after 8 a.m., Dec. 7, 1949—eight years after the day known in Hawaii as "Blitz Day."

Intoned Chaplain E. B. Sharp: "We are assembled here on this occasion to pay a humble...

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