December 4, 2017 | Event Schedule
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25th Infantry Division Band Performance
8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lanai
Enjoy a wonderful live military band performance at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lanai, playing a variety of patriotic and stirring melodies.
The 25th Infantry Division Band has a long and prestigious history. It is the most highly decorated band in the U.S. Army. Today the “Tropic Lightning” Band is a regular participant in both military and civilian events on the Island of Oahu. It also travels extensively throughout the Pacific Basin as a good will ambassador for the United States Government.
Steve Twomey Book Signing
9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
Steve Twomey began his career in journalism as a copyboy at the Chicago Tribune when he was in high school. After graduating from Northwestern University in 1973, he began a fourteen-year career at the Philadelphia Inquirer, during which he won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing and served as a correspondent in Paris and Los Angeles. He then worked at the Washington Post for thirteen years as a reporter, an editor and a columnist. More recently, he has written for Smithsonian and other magazines, and has taught narrative writing at the graduate journalism schools of New York University and the City University of New York. The author of Countdown to Pearl Harbor, as well as the ghostwriter of What I Learned When I Almost Died, Twomey lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife, Kathleen Carroll, the former executive editor of the Associated Press.
Donald Stratton Book Signing
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
At 8:06 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely fifteen minutes into Japan’s surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Near death and burned across two thirds of his body, Don, a nineteen-year-old Nebraskan who had been steeled by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, summoned the will to haul himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighboring vessel. Forty-five feet below, the harbor’s flaming, oil-slick water boiled with enemy bullets; all around him the world tore itself apart.
In this extraordinary never-before-told eyewitness account of the Pearl Harbor attack — the only memoir ever written by a survivor of the USS Arizona — veteran Donald Stratton finally shares his unforgettable personal tale of bravery and survival on December 7, 1941, his harrowing recovery, and his inspiring determination to return to the fight.
Don and four other sailors made it safely across the same line that morning, a small miracle on a day that claimed the lives of 1,177 of their Arizona shipmates — approximately half the American fatalities at Pearl Harbor. Sent to military hospitals for a year, Don refused doctors’ advice to amputate his limbs and battled to relearn how to walk. The U.S. Navy gave him a medical discharge, believing he would never again be fit for service, but Don had unfinished business. In June 1944, he sailed back into the teeth of the Pacific War on a destroyer, destined for combat in the crucial battles of Leyte Gulf, Luzon, and Okinawa, thus earning the distinction of having been present for the opening shots and the final major battle of America’s Second World War.
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