Jeff Davis

Dec 7, 2011 7:27 PM by Maddie Garrett

Pearl Harbor Survivor from Acadiana Honored in New Orleans

Wednesday marked the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and veterans gathered in New Orleans at the National World War II Museum to honor the few remaining survivors of that attack. KATC followed one of those survivors who traveled from Acadiana for a special Pearl Harbor ceremony.

We first visited Staff Sergeant David Breedlove last year on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Fast forward one year and he's now 91 years old, has lost his wife and his health is deteriorating. But despite all that, he made the journey from Jennings to New Orleans today to be with other remaining survivors.

"I enjoyed it, I didn't know there was that many white hats were still existing," said Breedlove, as he pointed to his white Pearl Harbor Survivor's hat.

In all there were seven "white hats" at the ceremony, an impressive number considering there are so few Pearl Harbor survivors left. Roughly 2,390 died in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, consequently that's about the same number of survivors still living today.

"It's very hard to see them die out, we're just so happy that my dad is here with us today and that we have other survivors," said Kaye Hackett, Breedlove's daughter.

The seven men, almost all in their 90's, revisited that day that will live in infamy as they tolled the Normandy Liberty Bell at the same time the first planes appeared.

Breedlove's daughter said being here today, with fellow survivors, stirs up memories and something else for their father.

"I think a spark is in his eye, he's very happy to be here and to see other people that went through the same thing he has went through," said Hackett.

 

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