“The Japanese planes were so close that day, we could have hit them with potatoes,” said Pearl Harbor survivor Joe Whitt, recalling a day he said he will never forget; they are memories that have not grown dim with time. “I had just turned 18 years old and had been in the Navy only 11 months when I found myself on the USS San Francisco on that ill-fated day, Dec. 7, 1941. The memories of that day are forever embedded in my brain, the loud noises, the screams, the USS Arizona exploding and the battleship Oklahoma turning over. None of us that survived were ever the same after that day.”
Whitt will be among the Pearl Harbor survivors honored at a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony in New Richmond on Sunday, Dec. 6. The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held at the Market Street School, located at 212 Market Street in New Richmond.