Ceremony to honor South Carolina sailors killed during Pearl Harbor attack

Nearly twelve hundred service members were killed on the USS Arizona in the attack on Pearl Harbor. To this day the remains of only 105 have been recovered.
Published: Aug. 16, 2023 at 3:01 PM EDT
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CENTRAL, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Semper Fi Barn announced that they are hosting a remembrance ceremony this month to honor the nine sailors from South Carolina that died during the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941.

According to officials, the following sailors will be honored during the event.

  • S1C Henry Lloyd Lee, Conway, SC
  • CM3C Wayne Alman Lewis, Arcadia
  • SC S2C John Morgan Meares, Greenville
  • SC S1C Douglas Carlton Moore, Anderson, SC
  • SF3C James Carlton Moore, Anderson, SC
  • FC2C James Garland Nations, Pickens, SC
  • S1C Broadus Franklin West, Simpsonville, SC
  • S1C Vernon Russell White, Spartanburg, SC
  • RM3C Jack Herman Williams, Columbia, SC

Officials stated that Congressman Jeff Duncan will be at the event to deliver remarks.

According to officials from The U.S.S. Arizona “Operation 85,″ the organization is working on using DNA to identify the remains of the U.S.S. Arizona crew members whose graves were marked as unknown” and buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hi. Family members of the soldiers above are encouraged to submit their DNA to help identify their remains. Those interested in learning more about this effort can visit https://ussarizona.navy/.

The event is open to the public and will last for around 15 to 20 minutes. The event is happening at the Semper Fi Barn, located at 314 Smith Memorial Highway, Central, SC, and will take place on Thursday, August 24, 2023, at 11:30 p.m