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Updated: 12/11/2013 02:17:09PM

Pearl Harbor remembered

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SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

Pearl Harbor survivors John Seelie and John E. Gideon salute during the playing of the national anthem at Saturday’s Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

John Seelie, Sgt. Sherman Lightle, Bill Raney, Maj. Larry Altenburg, Sgt. Charles Wahlgren, John E. Gideon and Cpl. R. Bruce MacGregor, snap to attention as taps is played to honor those killed at Pearl Harbor.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

John Raney listens as Maj. Larry Altenburg delivers his keynote speech during the ceremony. The USS Sacramento, the gunboat Raney served on, downed two enemy planes during the attack.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

Vietnam veteran U.S. Marine Maj. Larry Altenburg told the crowd at Fishermen’s Village that Pearl Harbor was a terrible lesson for America and must be remembered.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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PUNTA GORDA — On Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941, the peaceful skies over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were suddenly filled with hundreds of Japanese aircraft bent on destroying the U.S. Pacific fleet.

North Fort Myers resident John E. Gideon volunteered to man a motor launch to rescue survivors from the burning, oily water when a bomb exploded nearby, blowing him out of the small vessel.

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