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Pearl Harbor Vets Return Video included

CHICAGO, Illinois (WXOW) - A group of World War II veterans have returned from Pearl Harbor.  The homecoming, however, was bittersweet. More>>

Pearl Harbor survivor returns to Hawaii 70 years later

A group of Wisconsin Pearl Harbor survivors recently returned from a special trip, but one veteran from Rothschild almost didn't experience the once in a lifetime opportunity. More>>

Tribute on the USS Arizona Memorial

Honolulu, HI (WXOW)- The Wisconsin survivors attended a private ceremony on the USS Arizona memorial where they paid tribute to Mark Schaitel. More>>

Return to Pearl Harbor: Father's Day Video included

FORD ISLAND, Hawaii (WXOW) – Each of the veterans on this week's trip to Pearl Harbor is being escorted by a guardian – someone who paid his or her own way to help a respective veteran travel. More>>

Return to Pearl Harbor: Friends Lost on the Oklahoma Video included

Honolulu, HI (WXOW)- The Japanese sunk or severely damaged 21 Navy vessels moored in Pearl Harbor; among them the USS Oklahoma. The Okie took at least six torpedo hits and capsized. More than 400 sailors and marines died in her hull. Herb Meyer was one of the lucky ones. His two best friends were not. More>>

Return to Pearl Harbor: Back to the USS Utah

Ford Island, HI (WXOW)- The USS Utah, also sunk by Japanese torpedoes, still remains in Pearl Harbor. Her partially submerged hull sits just above the water off Ford Island, rusting with 54 men entombed inside. More>>

Return to Pearl Harbor: Welcome Home Cookie Video included

Hickam Field, HI (WXOW)- Ewald "Cookie" Koch barely escaped the bombing of the 32-hundred barracks on Hickam Field. Cookie returned to Hickam to tell his story to a local historian. A story she thought he had taken to his grave. More>>

Return to Pearl Harbor: Aboard the USS Missouri Video included

Pearl Harbor, HI (WXOW) The Battleship Missouri, now docked in Pearl Harbor, was not involved in the December 7th attack. She was not even commissioned until 1944; almost three years after the US entered the war. The Missouri earned her place of honor in Pearl Harbor because it was on her deck the Japanese surrendered to the Allies. More>>

Return to Pearl Harbor: Mail Call on the USS Missouri Video included

BAY OF PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (WXOW) – A group of Wisconsinites who survived the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor are currently back in Hawaii touring the monuments built in their honor.

World War II ended on September 2, 1945 when the Japanese signed "the instrument of surrender" aboard the USS Missouri.

Return to Pearl Harbor- War Timeline Video included

Honolulu, HI (WXOW)- More than 2,000 Americans died on December 7th, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack launched the US into World War Two. Earlier this month 18 Wisconsin survivors of the attack returned to Hawaii to visit the memorials built in their honor. News 19's Amy DuPont and Nick Bjerke traveled with the group and asked the men to explain in their own words what happened the morning of December 7th. More>>

Veterans continue to tour Video included

HONOLULU, Hawaii (WXOW) - As the veterans prepare to leave Hawaii for home, one of the last stops on their incredible tour took them to Hickam Air Force Base. More>>

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