Relatives to honor those who fought at Pearl Harbor
Dec. 6, 2013 at 6:06 a.m.
Sue Lindsey hopes her husband and the others who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 - and those who died there - are never forgotten.
"Before he died, Gary asked me to keep the memory of Pearl Harbor alive," Lindsey said. "As long as I have breath, I will do that."
On Saturday morning, Lindsey and Larry Chilcoat, whose late father Joe Chilcoat was also a Pearl Harbor survivor, will do what they have done every Dec. 7 since 1998: place wreaths on the graves of the Pearl Harbor survivors buried in Victoria cemeteries.
Chilcoat's father and Lindsey's husband were two of the founding members of the local chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Texas Chapter 1.
Those numbers have now dwindled to one - D.D. Hill, formerly of El Campo, now 91 and living with his son in Fulshear.
Another Pearl Harbor survivor, Ray Wiese, of Shiner, turned 97 on Nov. 4 and lives in a personalized care home in Shiner. Wiese is expected to be honored for his service during Monday's Shiner City Council meeting, said his daughter, Sharon Jurica.
Chilcoat calls the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the first terrorist attack on the United States.
He is aware that the responsibility of remembering the "day that will live in infamy" is now up to the descendants and other relatives of Pearl Harbor survivors.
"The sons and daughters, children, grandchildren and other supporters must speak up frequently," Chilcoat said. "Most of the survivors have passed on, but their last mission to keep America alert lives on."
The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association has officially disbanded, and Chilcoat and others are members of the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.
They will gather at noon at The Corral to honor the memories of those at Pearl Harbor.
For the first time, no Pearl Harbor survivors will be in attendance.
Chilcoat, a 1966 graduate of Victoria High School and Vietnam War veteran, emphasized the importance of remembering Pearl Harbor.
"It is a dangerous world that we live in, and we must be prepared to defend against the next terrorist attack," he said.