25th ID commemorates Army’s actions on Dec. 7, 1941

| December 13, 2014 | 1 Comment
Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett  25th Infantry Division Public Affairs The USARPAC and 25th ID command teams walk escort retired Brig. Gen. Robert Hardaway during “The Army’s Actions on December 7, 1941 Commemoration” at Fort DeRussy, Sunday.

The USARPAC and 25th ID command teams walk escort retired Brig. Gen. Robert Hardaway during “The Army’s Actions on December 7, 1941 Commemoration” at Fort DeRussy, Sunday.

 

Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

 

“December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people will, through their righteous might, win through to absolute victory.”

— President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

FORT DERUSSY — On the 73rd anniversary of Japan’s deadly and deliberate attack on Pearl Harbor, the 25th Infantry Division hosted “The Army’s Actions on December 7, 1941 Commemoration” to honor the courage and sacrifice of those who served during that time.

Senior leaders and veterans paid their respects by laying a wreath to honor the service members who made the ultimate sacrifice during the assault that brought the United States into World War II.

“This is a day and a time for a simple ceremony to commemorate the bravery, the sacrifices and the courage of our Army and our Army Air Corps veterans and heroes,” said guest speaker Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, commander of the 25th ID. “This also represents to the public our special duty in the military to protect the nation in times of both crisis and war, and to honor our fallen and living for the sacrifices they make in the name of freedom.”

In attendance were numerous World War II veterans, including retired Brig. Gen. Robert Hardaway, who was a surgeon at Schofield Barracks in 1941.

During his speech, Flynn recalled a story Hardaway had shared in a previous conversation.

It was Dec. 8, 1941, and Hardaway was utterly exhausted from the nearly 30 hours of treating, triaging and performing surgeries. A nurse ran into the room where he was resting and shouted that President Roosevelt was going to give a speech on the radio.

Even though he was exhausted, Hardaway got up to listen to the president’s speech. That was all he needed to revive him.

After hearing his commander in chief and seeing the American flag, he knew what his duty was. Hardaway returned to the operating room to continue to treat the wounded.

“These men and women, and hundreds just like them, sprung into action when the call came to defend their post,” Flynn said. “While that attack on that day exacted a terrible toll on the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines who faced the onslaught of Japanese fighters and bombers, it was the beginning of a period that showed tremendous resiliency and pride of the Army in the Pacific and the nation as a whole.”

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