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“The toughest guy I’d ever met”: Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Garland’s memorial shares stories of a life fully lived

Pastor Bill Hemenway said that when one looks over the first few chapters in Ray Garland’s life, “it’s more than most people get to live” in a lifetime.


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 10:47 p.m.

Ray Garland, the Inland Northwest’s last Pearl Harbor survivor, dies at 96

At 96 years old, Ray Garland was the last regional survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, the pivotal moment in American history that led the nation into …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 1 p.m.

Last local Pearl Harbor veteran honored at Spokane Memorial Arena

The Greatest Generation never forgets, especially on Dec. 7.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

Now 97, Navy veteran recalls 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor

Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long was alone on an anchored military seaplane in the middle of a bay across the island from Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes started striking …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 3:33 p.m.

Memories in stone: How Spokane’s Pearl Harbor Memorial came to be

Spokane’s Pearl Harbor Memorial, originally unveiled in 2014, was the realized through the efforts of many individuals.


Oldest U.S. military survivor of Pearl Harbor dies at age 106

Ray Chavez, the oldest U.S. military survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor that plunged the United States into World War II, died Wednesday. He was 106.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 4:53 p.m.

Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify ‘unknowns’ dies

A Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify buried unknown remains from the 1941 attack has died. He was 97.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 4:52 p.m.

The last Pearl Harbor survivor in Spokane honors the fallen

The Inland Northwest’s last known survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor was joined by admirers and supporters for Thursday’s ceremony to commemorate what President Franklin D. …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 11:48 a.m.

Pearl Harbor survivors remember those killed 76 years ago

Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago, paying homage to the …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 7:17 a.m.

There’s only 1 known Pearl Harbor survivor left in Spokane area. This widow is striving not to let community forget attack.

Vina Mikkelsen, 86, is orchestrating this year’s Pearl Harbor remembrance in honor of her husband, Denis, a Navy radioman stationed on the USS West Virginia when the Japanese attacked in …


Past opinions provide perspective

Pearl Harbor Day is Thursday. The following are Spokesman-Review editorials on the attack. Don’t discriminate, Dec. 11, 1942


Trump visits Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona memorial

President Donald Trump paid a solemn visit Friday to Pearl Harbor and its memorial to the USS Arizona, a hallowed place he said he had read about, discussed and studied …


Looking Back: Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. American attacked, Sept. 12, 2001


Navy diver who salvaged bodies from Pearl Harbor dies at 103

Ken Hartle, who as a Navy diver during World War II had the grim task of retrieving bodies from ships sunk by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, has died. He …


At Pearl Harbor, U.S. and Japan seek absolution from the war

In a historic pilgrimage, the leaders of Japan and the United States took to the hallowed waters of Pearl Harbor on Tuesday to prove that even the bitterest enemies can …


At Pearl Harbor, U.S., Japan look to move past legacy of war

Putting 75 years of resentment behind them, the leaders of the United States and Japan are coming together at Pearl Harbor for a historic pilgrimage to the site where a …


Japanese prime minister lays wreaths at Hawaii cemeteries

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Hawaii on Monday to recognize the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941.


Pearl Harbor anniversary ceremony draws thousands

Thousands observed a moment of silence before fighter jets streaked across the sky during a ceremony Wednesday at Pearl Harbor marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the …


William Inboden: Respect lessons of Pearl Harbor

The world is a better place, and our nation is more prosperous and secure, when the United States leads from the front.


Wartime Zags team beat UW in three out of four thrilling games

Ask a Gonzaga fan about the school’s first great basketball team and you’ll likely hear about the 1998-99 run to the Elite Eight. But the 1943-44 Gonzaga Bulldogs were the …


Museum puts recollections of Pearl Harbor, other battles online

With the help of a software billionaire, an Everett museum is preserving both the memories of World War II veterans and the planes and tanks they fought in.


Editorials delve into Pearl Harbor attack

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Pearl Harbor Day is Wednesday. The following are Spokesman-Review editorials on the attack.


Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor

At 7:53 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese dive bombers, fighter bombers and torpedo planes attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu. Approximately 350 Japanese planes took …


Ray Daves, a sailor at Pearl Harbor, never forgot the smell of death

The smell. That’s the one thing Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Daves can never forget. The one thing movies aren’t able to capture. The smell of burning oil and the stench …


Recently identified remains of USS Oklahoma casualties return home

Nearly 75 years after sailor Edwin Hopkins died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, his remains recently were returned home to New Hampshire.


Charles Boyer, Pearl Harbor survivor from Spokane Valley, remembered as cheerful and gentle

The Patriot Guard Riders stood silently, their flags held aloft as a light rain fell at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spokane Valley. They’d come to honor Charles Boyer, 95, …


Roster of local Pearl Harbor survivors peaked in mid-1990s

Of the 16 million Americans who were in uniform at some point during World War II, no more than about 80,000 could give an eyewitness account from ground zero to …


Civilian account: A witness to Pearl Harbor at the age of 10

Like most Americans, Nancy Harlocker’s world changed on Dec. 7, 1941. A 10-year-old living an idyllic island childhood on Oahu, Harlocker woke to the sound of her father yelling, “We’re …


In Idaho mountains, researchers dig into a painful past of Kooskia Internment Camp

Deep in the mountains outside Lewiston, Idaho, researchers have uncovered artifacts from the


Keeping my promise: A personal Pearl Harbor reflection

Cindy Hval, who wrote “War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation,” visited Pearl Harbor in March. She explored places she had learned about in nine years of interviewing Pearl …