Gathering held at decommissioned ship
BOSTON —More than 200 people have gathered at a decommissioned U.S. Navy destroyer stationed in Boston to commemorate the anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the U.S. into World War II.
National Park Service spokesman Sean Hennessey says Pearl Harbor survivor Donald Tabbut participated in Saturday afternoon’s service on the USS Cassin Young. The ship is named for a U.S. Navy commander who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during the surprise Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor.
The 90-year-old Tabbut, of Winthrop, was 18-years-old and working as a U.S. Navy radio operator on Ford Island during the attacked 72 years ago.
Those who attended the Boston ceremony include the commander of the Navy’s oldest commissioned warship, the USS Constitution and Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee.