Pearl Harbor fete set for Yorktown

The USS Yorktown at Patroits point in Mount Pleasant.

MOUNT PLEASANT -- VFW Post 10624 and the South Carolina Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a service at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Hangar Bay III on the aircraft carrier Yorktown from 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 7.

The guest speaker will be retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Bob Besal.

Patriots Point anticipates that at least six Pearl Harbor survivors will attend the program -- S.C. Pearl Harbor Survivors state Chairman Donald Ralph, chapter President Thomas Ryan, chapter treasurer Robert Mills, Russell Meyne, Ed Crews and John W. Lawhon.

Ryan was aboard the USS Pyro, an ammunition ship. After the first attack, he volunteered to man a motor launch and search the harbor for survivors.

Meyne was an Army private assigned to a coastal artillery unit at the mouth of a channel leading into Pearl Harbor. From his post, Meyne could see the attack on nearby Hickam Air Field.

About 40 Pearl Harbor survivors live in South Carolina.

Following the service, a 30-minute program, "Pearl Harbor ... A Date That Will Live in Infamy," will be held in the ship's theater as part of a new educational history series titled "Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things."

Admission to the event is free. Parking is $5.

For more information on the educational program, contact Keith Grybowski at 843-881-5935.