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PHOTO GALLERY: Wednesday marks 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 | 10:43 a.m. CST; updated 1:28 p.m. CST, Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Navy Region Hawaii Honor Guard march past a photograph of Pearl Harbor survivor Lee Soucy during the interment ceremony for Soucy on Tuesday in Honolulu. Soucy, who died last year at the age of 90, wanted to have his ashes interred inside the USS Utah, his ship that sank during the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Dec. 7, 1941.

Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor, a U.S. naval base near Honolulu. More than 2,400 people died in the attacks, which ultimately prompted the entry of the U.S. into World War II.

Pearl Harbor survivors, World War II veterans and others will attend the remembrance ceremony. 

Frank A. Chebetar sits at the Pearl Harbor Memorial at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va. Chebetar, 90, was a ships cook aboard the destroyer Phelps at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He pays a visit to the memorial each week to shine the bell. During this Nov. 22 visit, he was making last minute preparations for Wednesday's remembrance ceremony.
Pearl Harbor survivor Allan Darby displays mementos, all from his time at Pearl Harbor, on Nov. 29 at his home in Absecon, N.J. Shown are his dog tags, photos, Japanese currency, and a sergeant's stripes and patch.
World War II Navy veteran Clarence Pfundheller poses Nov. 29 at his Greenfield, Iowa, apartment with a photo of himself taken during basic training in 1939. Pfundheller, 91, will return to Pearl Harbor on Wednesday for the 70th anniversary ceremony honoring those lost in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack that brought the United States into World War II. Accompanying him will be fellow survivors, other World War II veterans and a handful of college students to hear their stories.
The USS Utah Memorial is seen before the start of an interment ceremony for Pearl Harbor survivor Lee Soucy held Tuesday in Honolulu. Soucy, who died last year at the age of 90, wanted to have his ashes interred inside the USS Utah, his ship that sank during the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Dec. 7, 1941.
Navy Region Hawaii Honor Guard seaman Nick Marrero, of Greenville, Texas, holds an urn with the ashes of Pearl Harbor survivor Lee Soucy during Soucy's interment ceremony held Tuesday in Honolulu. Soucy, who died last year at the age of 90, wanted to have his ashes interred inside the USS Utah, his ship that sank during the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Dec. 7, 1941.
Seth Thompson, 11, of Meridian, Idaho, visits with World War II veteran Wayne Fairchild on Tuesday inside the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, Idaho. Fairchild, who served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy during WWII, shared some of his stories during an event in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor.
Pearl Harbor survivors observe the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Concert Band of the West perform at the Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center during Sunday's Kama'aina and military appreciation day. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the 1941 attacks on Pearl Harbor, in which more than 2,400 people died.
A Navy Region Hawaii Honor Guard seaman plays taps during the interment of Pearl Harbor survivor Lee Soucy, held Tuesday in Honolulu. Soucy, who died last year at the age of 90, wanted to have his ashes interred inside the USS Utah, his ship that sank during the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Dec. 7, 1941.
Pearl Harbor survivors stand at attention during the National Anthem during the Pearl Harbor memorial ceremony on Wednesday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base which pulled the U.S. into a war with Japan.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta salutes after laying a wreath at the Navy Memorial in Washington on Wednesday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
National Parks Service Historian John McCaskill, of Washington D.C., reacts to the national anthem during the Pearl Harbor memorial ceremony on Wednesday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base which pulled the U.S. into a war with Japan.

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