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Local Pearl Harbor survivors honored on 72nd anniversary


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 Post 1520.

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.

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