Veterans remember Pearl Harbor

Morning Journal/Katie White The Benjamin Firestone American Legion Post 290 took time to honor those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on the 76th anniversary of the attack. A brief ceremony was held in the Columbiana Cemetery to coincide with the timing of the attack, which happened at 12:55 p.m.

COLUMBIANA — Jim Garstick was a 14-year-old boy delivering newspapers for the Cleveland Plain Dealer in Warren the day that Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan.

It would be three more years before he would be old enough to enlist in the Navy, but he remembers Dec. 7, 1941, and he remembers the paper ran twice that day once news of the attack broke.

On Thursday, Dr. Garstick stood with members of the Benjamin Firestone Post 290 in Columbiana at the Columbiana Cemetery to honor the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

Alongside them stood Legion member Jerry Mong, wearing his late father-in-law Elwood Ziegler’s army uniform in honor of his service during World War II.

Zielger served as 1st lieutenant of the 39th field artillery unit and was stationed in California during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Bill Snyder, pastor of Beaver Creek Ministries in Rogers, recalled the attack killed more than 2,000 and wounded more than 1,000 people.

Snyder led the prayer during the brief ceremony that included a few minutes of silence that lasted until exactly 12:55 p.m., which is the time the attack began.

“Let us not mar the memory of those who died that day by our indifference and forgetfulness. Rather, help us to always remember Pearl Harbor and help us to keep America alert,” he said.

He went on to say, “We also give thanks for those who survived the attack on our country and who went on with their lives in a way that portrayed honor to a watching world. They continued with life even as deep within them, they carried haunting memories of what they witnessed, heard and felt.”

Legion member Ed Holisky, who served in the Navy, and Sons of the American Legion member Dan Bekar visited the Pearl Harbor site two years ago.

“Seeing it just puts chills up your back. It’s unbelievable,” Holisky said of the memorial and of seeing fuel continue to leak from the USS Arizona, which reportedly just prior to the attack had taken on over a million gallons of fuel in preparation for a scheduled trip.

The Legion ceremony on Thursday also included a gun salute and the playing of Taps. The guns and ammunition used by the Legion are all World War II vintage, Post Sgt. Ken Allcorn said.