ALBANY, N.Y. – Capital Region residents who survived the
attack on Pearl Harbor were honored in Albany Saturday.
The Albany County Veterans Service Bureau sponsored a Pearl
Harbor Day Memorial Observance event at the Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion
93-year-old Charles Ebel of Guilderland and 92-year-old
William Langston of Latham were in attendance. Both men were stationed at the
American naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii when Japanese navy warplanes bombed
U.S. ships on December 7, 1941.
Ebel was a seaman 1st class on the USS Curtiss. Langston was
a fireman aboard the battleship USS West Virginia.
A third local man, Edward Bartholomew, 92, of Troy also
survived the attack. He was not at the ceremony Saturday.
2,403 Americans were killed and another 1,178 were wounded
during two waves of attacks that lasted for two hours. 21 ships of the U.S.
Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged, and nearly 350 aircraft were either
destroyed or damaged.
Congress declared war on Japan the next day. Japanese allies
Germany and Italy declared war on the U.S. on December 11. Congress
reciprocated, and the United States officially entered World War II.
Saturday's ceremony took place at 8:30 a.m.