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Updated: 02/01/2014 08:00:02AM

Pearl Harbor survivor’s final salute

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V. Miles Carpenter

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Pearl Harbor survivor Miles Carpenter, then 87, of Englewood left, attended a service Dec. 7, 2010, at Indian Mound Park in Englewood, with his wife of 64 years, Jeanne, and son, David.

SUN FILE PHOTO
Pearl Harbor survivor Miles Carpenter, then 87, of Englewood left, attended a service Dec. 7, 2010, at Indian Mound Park in Englewood, with his wife of 64 years, Jeanne, and son, David.

SUN FILE PHOTO BY DON MOORE

Old sailor: Miles Carpenter of Englewood looks at a photo book about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. He served aboard the light cruiser USS Phoenix at the time of the attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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ENGLEWOOD — Like most sailors serving aboard the USS Phoenix on Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor, 17-year-old machinist’s mate V. Miles Carpenter was getting ready to attend church and then enjoy the remainder of the day.

Just before 8 a.m., that all came to an abrupt end. Hundreds of Japanese fighters and bombers suddenly appeared in the skies over the U.S. base, located on the island of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands, bombing and strafing ships, airfields and barracks. When the enemy planes departed, numerous vessels and aircraft, including four battleships, either were sunk or destroyed. More than 2,000 perished in the unprovoked air assault that catapulted America into World War II.

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