Most people think of Dec. 7 as Pearl Harbor Day, but my memories are tied to May 21.
That was the day in 1944, when an explosion rocked the deck of LST (landing ship, tank) 353 in Pearl Harbor’s West Loch at 3:08 p.m. A chain reaction of explosions and fire killed 163 men, with 396 wounded. Six LSTs sunk, and several more were severely damaged. It was Pearl Harbor’s second greatest disaster, in terms of casualties.
I thought I had long ago buried the event deep in my memory bank. Yet as I think about it now, it comes back with clarity of detail that surprises me. [click to continue…]
The VFW and the Korean War Veterans Association will co-host the annual Memorial Day observance at the VFW flagpole on Main St., May 30 at 10 a.m.
Each year more than 500 gather on Main Street for talks, prayer and music. The ceremony is always a moving remembrance of those who lost their lives in service of their country. This year’s celebration will mark the 150th anniversary of the first Memorial Day in 1866.
The ceremony includes color guards from the local Scout units, JROTC and veteran service organizations, speakers and music by the local school choruses. A fly-over is scheduled and a small collection of military equipment will be on display.
There will be seating for the first 500 to arrive, so plan to come early.
The event is sponsored by the VFW Post 1525, its Auxiliary and the Korean War Veterans Association, Chapter 264.
For more information, contact Paul Carroll, Commander, VFW Post 1525, 925-628-9508
Celine Herrera was just 12 years old when someone asked her what she wanted to do with her life. She said she felt totally unsure, but there was one thing she knew she wanted: She wanted to write.
“Whether it was writing down the metaphors that couldn’t escape my mind or completely immersing myself into the essays my English teachers assigned me, I couldn’t deny the fact that words flowed through my veins,” says Celine, the Pioneer’s chief teen correspondent. [click to continue…]
I am often asked by officials from other cities, out-of-town family and friends and even Clayton residents: “What makes Clayton such a great city to live in?” Being a cheerleader for Clayton, my answer can be lengthy. I cover known facts printed in publications and journals describing Clayton as one of the safest and most desirable towns in California in which to live.
If allowed, the next half hour’s conversation covers the vast list of “unsung heroes” who volunteer at the host of Clayton events each year. [click to continue…]