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Pearl Harbor Vets Embrace Teen

When Isaac Liljenberg came across his brother’s collection of videos about World War II, it sparked an interest in him about those who had served. “I wanted to meet a World War II vet,” said the 16-year-old. “I wanted to interview some people.” A friend mentioned Ray Daves because the air traffic control tower at Spokane International Airport had been recently named for him. Liljenberg, who is homeschooled, hoped to meet Daves, but Daves died before he had the chance. He decided to attend Daves’ memorial service. Afterward, he spotted a group of Pearl Harbor survivors at a table. He introduced himself, offered his condolences and explained his interest in World War II/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (Dan Pelle's SR photo: Isaac Liljenberg shares lunch with members of the Lilac Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association)

Question: Do you know any young people who are interested in World War II?

Never too late to tell

Elizabeth McIntosh finally has her story published. Her reporter’s account of the Pearl Harbor attack was considered too graphic to print decades ago. Yesterday, the Washington Post printed her words.  

The account is graphic – and reminds us of the tragedy, the victims, and the terror that reigns when countries choose war:  

In the morgue, the bodies were laid on slabs in the grotesque positions in which they had died. Fear contorted their faces. Their clothes were blue-black from incendiary bombs. One little girl in a red sweater, barefoot, still clutched a piece of jump-rope in her hand.”

In addition to a journalism career, McIntosh, now 97, worked in the Office of Strategic Services and the Central Intelligence Agency. She retired to Lake Ridge, Virginia.

(S-R photo: In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, American ships burn during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.)

Re: U.S.S. Arizona memorial

Tomorrow's Slice asks readers if they have been there.

I hope to go some day. Hawaii and South Dakota are the two states I have yet to visit.

The idea that you can see the ship down below has always struck me as potentially haunting.


Today’s highlights

Rylee Walker, 17, shows some of her art work as she talks about her career goals during her senior project presentation Friday, at East Valley High School. For their senior culminating project students are required to compile a portfolio about their high school careers, a video about their lives and their plans for the year after high school. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Welcome to spring. Or is it winter? At any rate, it's Thursday and time to run down the highlights from today's Valley Voice. The Spokane Valley City Council spent some time Tuesday talking about Spokane County's new proposal for a regional animal shelter. There are a lot of questions council members want answered before they are prepared to make a decision.

Students at East Valley High School recently made their senior culminating project presentations to teachers and community volunteers. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by and talked to some of the students about their plans for the future.

Correspondent Cindy Hval stopped by Spokane Falls Community College recently when they hosted Pearl Harbor suvivors who spoke to a packed room about what they saw and did that day in Hawaii. Their stories are very moving. You might need a tissue for this story. 

Pearl Harbor Day Plus 70 Years

Fred Hamelrath calls Dec. 7, 1941, “the day I grew up.” Nick Gaynos described the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that day as “hell on earth.” Today is the 70th anniversary of what President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed as “a date which will live in infamy,” and survivors Hamelrath, Gaynos and Charlie Imus still remember it vividly. “You don't forget it,” said Hamelrath, who served in the Navy and lives in Hayden. “I had the good fortune of not having my ship sunk (the USS Tangier) under me, but I still remember all the casualties and damage. It was hard to accept and hard to believe at the time”/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (AP file photo: the battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea during a Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor)

Question: How was your family affected by Pearl Harbor?