Migs Blog: Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2016
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Today is a day that will live in infamy. 

Yes it is the 75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack, and this morning we came across an incredible story of a 104 year old man that continues to visit the memorial in honor of those that were lost.

Ray Chavez is the oldest known Pearl Harbor survivor.  Ray currently lives in San Diego, and was stationed at the U.S. naval base when the bombing started.

 Of course due to age…it’s hard for him to visit the memorial in Hawaii every year, but three years ago, the Navy veteran decided he wanted to go back this year for the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

So what did he do?  Ray started working out with the help of a trainer…putting on 20 pounds of muscle so he could make the trip.  Yes…a 104 year old man is going to the gym…what’s your excuse?  Ok…that was pointed towards me not you… any time I say “I’m too tired to work out”…I’m going to think about Ray.

Check out this cool video piece on Ray….

5 years ago, my wife and I went to Hawaii and my wife was determined to go to the Pearl Harbor exhibit/memorial…I am so glad that we went.  I am far from a history buff, but to be there…to see the USS Arizona underwater with parts still popping out of the water…there are no words to sum up how powerful it was to see it.    Check this out…that is the USS Arizona, and that oil in the water is fuel from the Battleship.

Back on December 6, 1941, the USS Arizona was carrying nearly 1.5 million gallons of fuel…the next day was the attack.  Even 75 years after this tragedy… 500,000 gallons are still slowly seeping out of the ship.  USS Arizona continues to spill up to 9 quarts of oil into the harbor each day.

Here are some more pix we took while there.

 

Seriously, if you have a chance to go to the Pearl Harbor Exhibit…please do so, you won’t regret it.