User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


58° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Group Wants to Send WWII Vets To Hawaii

September 13, 2011, 9:26 PM by Kelly Bartnick

Group Wants to Send WWII Vets To Hawaii
SIOUX FALLS, SD - As World War II Veteran numbers continue to decline across the state, only a few remain who witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It catapulted the United States into the war nearly 70 years ago.

Almost 1,200 sailors on the USS Arizona lost their lives when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. Darrel Christopherson had a front row seat to it all.

"It's one of those things that you may get one chance at," Christopherson said. 

Christopherson is one of just five remaining South Dakota Pearl Harbor Veterans. He was on a repair ship called the Vestal. It was badly damaged during the attack, but within a few months the ship was repaired and sent to the South Pacific.

"We went to sea and stopped at several islands on the way to work on ships that needed some work done on 'em," Christopherson said. 

For two years he worked repairing ships in the South Pacific. The Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor was out of his mind, as were the lives of his fellow sailors lost. But now Christopherson can't help but think back. 

"It'll be something that you just can't forget," Christopherson said. 

And a group doesn't want him to. It has begun a fundraising campaign to send all the men back to Pearl Harbor for the 70th anniversary this December. Four have said they would go including Christopherson, who, at age 87, is the youngest remaining.

"To go back again, the five of us are all old enough that we'd never live another 10th anniversary," Christopherson said. 

This group is different from the Honor Flight organization that sends Veterans to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. That effort is winding down. What makes this one even more difficult is the short time members would have to raise the funds and plan the trip. They are still in the planning phase.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
The number of sailors killed on the USS Arizona was corrected.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Body Of Missing Realtor Found At Arrowhead Park

10/18/2014 3:22 PM

The body of a missing Sioux Falls realtor has been found.

Full Story
SFPD Search For Missing Realtor

10/18/2014 11:45 AM

The Sioux Falls Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman.

Full Story
Body Of Pam Kneip Found After Search

10/18/2014 10:00 PM

Hundreds of volunteers gathered by an entrance at Arrowhead Park Saturday as police conducted a search for a missing woman.  The friends, family ...

Full Story | Watch
Police Release Names In Deadly Sioux Falls Crash

10/18/2014 8:19 PM

Police say two Sioux Falls men died in a crash Friday evening in the western part of the city.

Full Story
Three Sushi Restaurants Close After Owners Dispute

10/22/2014 10:05 PM

Your options for sushi in Sioux Falls have just been cut by three. The restaurants mysteriously shut down this week, leaving customers and employees a...

Full Story | Watch


Events