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Posted at 4:04 PM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Remembering Pearl Harbor

By Washington Post editors

A wreath laying ceremony will be held Tuesday at the United States Navy Memorial in the District to commemorate the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Rear Adm. Kleber S. Masterson, Jr., USN (Ret) will speak at the ceremony. He is the son of the late Vice Adm. Kleber S. Masterson, Sr., who was a crew member of the USS Arizona when it was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He was on shore during the attack and watched the Arizona burn and sink.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. It is free and open to the public.

There will also be an event honoring Pearl Harbor survivors at the National World War II Memorial in Washington at 1:53 p.m., the moment of the attack.

Veterans who survived the Pearl Harbor attack will be on hand to participate in the ceremony.

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By Washington Post editors  | December 6, 2010; 4:04 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  
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Pop quiz: How well do you know your history?

How many US service men died in World War II?

How many Jews died in the holocaust?


Both right? You learned your history well, grasshopper. Only half? If you are an American, you should be ashamed.

Posted by: slim21 | December 6, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Little did I know as an eight-year-old listening on the radio in Washington to the news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that the effect of that infamous act would influence my life over the next 70 years. Triggering the Pacific War 1941-45, "Pearl Harbor" --and Japanese conquests in the Pacific and Far East in the six months that followed --
obsessed me through my childhood years and into my 40s, at which point I decided to find out much more of the events of that disastrous early period than covered in the literature. In particular, the heroic defense of the Philippines captivated me -- "Clark Field", "Bataan", and "Corregidor" were seared into my memory. The recollections of veterans stationed in the Philippines on December7, 1941 whom I had located soon convinced me that I had the raw material for a book -- or two. After fifteen years of research built around such personal experiences, I was able to have my first book published in 1992, "Doomed at the Start: American Pursuit Pilots in the Philippines, 1941-42", followed in 2003 by "December 8, 1941: MacArthur's Perl Harbor". If the Japanese had not attacked Pearl Harbor 69 years ago, who knows in what direction the latter years of my life would have headed? William H. Bartsch, Reston, Virginia

Posted by: BillBartsch | December 7, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

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