December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona was one of the battleships which sank in the bay with all its crew on board. The crew still rests in the remains and the oil still leaking from the boat is said to be the tears of the sailors who perished that day. Thousands of soldiers, sailors and civilians died at Pearl Harbor. The memorial is a token of gratitude to all of them for their sacrifice.
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This past December, on Remembrance Day, the late Joseph Leon George, a Navy Sailor during the attack on Pearl Harbor, was finally recognized for his bravery on December 7, 1941. He rescued 6 sailors from the burning USS Arizona that day, but it wasn’t until 76 years later, after dozens of letters and phone calls to lawmakers and an eventual request to the White House, that the Navy honored George with a Bronze Star with V device for Valor on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. George had passed in 1996, but it was a great honor for his family to see their hero receive the recognition he so deserves.