Friday, January 27, 2023

Longest survivor of Pearl Harbor turns 105

NEW ORLEANS ( Associated Press) – Dozens of fans lined the sidewalk outside the National World War II Museum in New Orleans on Wednesday to wave American flags and salute the oldest surviving survivor of the Japanese attack on the US base at Pearl Harbor, who Was about to celebrate. His 105 years.

“I feel great,” Joseph Eskenazi of Redondo Beach, California, told reporters after posing for photos with his great-grandson, who is about to turn 5, his 21-month-old great-granddaughter and six other World War II veterans All of them non-politicians.

Eskenazi turned 105 on 30 January. On Friday he took a train to California to travel to New Orleans. Other veterans representing the Army, Navy and Marine Corps took the plane to participate in the event.

They visited the museum for the “Soaring Valor” event, a project of actor Gary Sinise’s charitable foundation dedicated to helping war veterans and first responders. The program organizes museum visits for World War II veterans and their caregivers.

Eskenazi was the first soldier in the army when the attack happened. His memories include waking up to a bomb going off, which did not explode, where he slept in the Scofield Barracks.

He still remembers the resounding explosions when the battleship Arizona was sunk by Japanese bombs and the dust around her was blown by machine gun fire from enemy planes. He volunteered to bulldoze through an area so that it could be used to clear the tracks.

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