The 25 known South Carolinians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will be honored during a free remembrance ceremony at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum on December 7th at 11 am.
The service, organized together with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10624, will include a wreath laying, tolling of a bell and a traditional gun salute. Silver Star recipient Col. Robert J. Mastrion, USMC (Retired) will be the featured speaker.
Museum admission and parking will be waived from 10 am to 11 am for the memorial service. Throughout the day, museum curators will have unique artifacts from ships involved in the Pearl Harbor attack on display. The exhibit will include shrapnel from a bomb that hit the USS West Virginia.
The Japanese used more than 350 aircraft during the hour-and-15-minute attack on Pearl Harbor. More than 2,403 U.S. personnel, including 68 civilians were killed. In total, more than 300 U.S. aircraft and 19 Navy ships were destroyed or damaged, including eight battleships.