Pearl Harbor Looking Back

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 10:59am

Veterans arrive for 70th anniversary commemorations.

Survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor are gathering to mark the anniversary, 70 years after that fateful day.

Among them are survivors of the USS Arizona.

The ship suffered the most fatalities when it sank.

1,177 servicemen on board were killed.

Today only 18 Arizona survivors are still alive.

Seven of them traveled to Pearl Harbor to take part special remembrance ceremonies.

"The 1,177 killed that day we're the ones who are here for them. It's always a sad day when you go aboard the memorial," said Arizona survivor Louis Conter.

At 97, Joseph Langdell is the oldest living Arizona survivor here, and the only officer still alive.

"it's almost impossible to describe... you know you were here," he said.

He still gets emotional talking about that fateful sunday morning seven decades ago.

The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor killed more than 2,400 Americans, haunting memories for these survivors that time cannot erase and history will never forget.

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