Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day


Residents gathered in Owego today to remember those that were present during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Today marks the 77th anniversary of the surprise assault that took place at the U.S Naval Base in Hawaii.

The Glenn Warner VFW Post 1371 honored the Tioga County natives that were there on that day.

Seaman Delmar Sibley of Owego died during the attack, but 4 men from Tioga County survived. 

One of which was Private First Class Army Mechanic Bill Kennedy of Owego.

He passed away in February at the age of 96 and today they held a military funeral for him to honor his sacrifice.

Post 1371 Pearl Harbor Day Chair Jim Raftis says that Tioga County will never forget what happened December 7th, 1941. “Throughout the program I think you heard the survivors say their dads did not talk about what their experiences were. It takes something like this to figure out this information. I then think it’s important that we go to the schools to teach the kids about the value of freedom.”

The other Pearl Harbor survivors that were honored include Army Sergeant Donald Stocks of Owego, Army Sergeant Richard Hopkins of Berkshire, and Marine Machine Gun Crewman Lester Dunham.

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