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Pearl Harbor victim to be honored

December 6, 2013
By KATIE SCHWENDEMAN - Staff Writer (kschwendeman@mojonews.com) , Morning Journal News

EAST PALESTINE - This Saturday an East Taggart Street business will honor a local man who lost his life at Pearl Harbor 72 years ago.

Terry Hoffman, owner of Uncle Sam's Bar and Grill, said the business will dedicate a naval anchor in honor of Edward L. McGuckin.

The East Palestine native was only 19 years old when he was killed aboard the USS Nevada on Dec. 7, 1941. He was one of 60 killed in the attack on the battleship moored off Ford Island.

According to an online article, "History of the Pacific Fleet Band," the ship's band was playing "Morning Colors" when fighter planes appeared on the horizon that day.

The BB-36 battleship known as the "Cheer Up Ship" survived the attack, but was used as a target and sunk seven years later, according to the 1996 book Final Voyages, and the Naval Vessel Register.

According to his obituary published in the local papers, McGuckin was a member of the high school football and basketball teams and had worked for a dairy store between graduation and joining the Navy.

The East Palestine Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4579 was named after him.

In honor of Pearl Harbor day this Saturday a naval anchor will be dedicated in his memory at Uncle Sam's Bar and Grill. The business at 320 East Taggart Street was formerly the VFW building, and according to Hoffman was constructed by Red McCarthy, who served alongside McGuckin as an altar boy and was a carpenter in the Navy.

McCarthy still lives in East Palestine.

The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. and area VFWs and the public are invited to attend.

Hoffman said he began looking for an anchor as soon as he established the military-themed business. The naval anchor was found locally and will be installed on the front of the building.

It is not the only war souvenir Hoffman has found. The building's interior is decorated with many others.

"We are pretty patriotic," he said.

Uncle Sam's has donated money to Wounded Warriors and is looking for a local recipient, like Buckeye Firearms or the Advanced Tactical Group (ATG), he added.

He plans to host a memorial ceremony every year.

 
 

 

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