Local Pearl Harbor remembrance draws only two survivors

Today’s Pearl Harbor remembrance aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point drew only two survivors, further proof veterans of America’s first battle of World War II are disappearing fast.

“I lost 10 this year,” said Gordon Sparks, head of the South Carolina Chapter of Pearl Harbor Survivors.

He estimated 18 Pearl Harbor men are alive in the state today, but admitted that figure may be high still.

The two veterans at the ceremony included David P. “Buck” Morris Jr., of the Charleston area, who was the destroyer Phelps, and Ed Crews, of Georgetown, who was in the Army.

About 25 South Carolina residents died in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack, including eight on the battleship Arizona, which blew up from a Japanese aerial attack.

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