Lt. Gov. Kinder Recognizes Pearl Harbor Survivors
JEFFERSON CITY - On the 70th anniversary of the Japanese bombing at Pearl Harbor, Lieutenant Governor Peter D. Kinder today recognized 12 Missourians who are survivors of the attack.
The 12 Pearl Harbor survivors are:
- Earl Armstrong of Manchester
- Fred Buenninger of Festus
- Maurice Gatewood of St. Louis
- Charles Havelka of Owensville
- Dayle Higgins of Fair Grove
- Leslie Humphrey of Branson
- Charles Jensen of Rolla
- Clifton Lemarr of Kansas City
- Elmer Luckett of St. Louis
- William McAnany Jr. of Jefferson City
- Henry Metzler of St. Louis
- Vern Smith of Cameron.
The 12 Missourians are among fewer than 3,000 remaining survivors registered with the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. In fact, the organization will come to an end on Dec. 31, since so few remaining survivors are able to help out with the group.
Bill Muehleib, national president of the organization, said of more than 84,000 personnel at Pearl Harbor in 1941, 2,403 died and 1,178 were wounded in the attack. About 29,000 survivors joined the group, chartered in 1958 by Congress, but only about 10 percent are still living.
"As we remember those who died on the ‘date which will live in infamy,' it's important also to celebrate those survivors who've lived such long, full lives - especially our fellow Missourians," Kinder said. "As members of our nation's ‘greatest generation,' these men helped defend our nation and spread liberty to millions of people around the world.
"These American heroes have witnessed seven decades of prosperity that flows from the freedoms they helped to secure. Theirs is a legacy of resolve, sacrifice and determination from which all Americans benefit. It is my privilege to honor these great Missourians."
Lt. Governor Kinder will present official declarations to the survivors whose names he gathered from a list of survivors registered with the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. Kinder is continuing to try to contact other Pearl Harbor survivors. He is asking anyone who knows of other Pearl Harbor survivors living in Missouri to contact the Lieutenant Governor's office at 800-699-2377.