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'Man, this is not a drill,' survivor remembers Pearl Harbor attack

Seventy-four years ago, Howard Bender, 93, was aboard the USS Maryland in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when he heard the sounds of war.

“I remember it all,” the Laguna Woods resident said. “I was in my office getting ready to do all my reports when I heard something go off.”

Bender went to the porthole window of his office and saw chaos outside.

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"Millennials give more than most, a survey of charity travel finds"

LA Times: American travelers care about the communities they visit and want to give back when they're on the road. It's especially true of millennials, those in the 18- to 35-year-old age group who give more of their time and money than the average traveler.

The findings come from recently released survey results by Tourism Cares called "Good Travels: The Philanthropic Profile of the American Traveler."

The good news: More than half of American travelers have volunteered or made a monetary donation to a place they visited in the last two years.

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"USS Iowa celebrates Hispanic Heritage Day."

Examiner: Battleship Iowa in San Pedro celebrated Hispanic Heritage Day Saturday afternoon to honor the contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans that served in the United States Armed Forces.

The five hour cultural event was free to the general public complete with Mexican cuisine provided by My Steelo Catering and entertainment performed by Folklorico Del Mar and the Mariachi Academy of Carson.

David Canfield, Vice-President of the Pacific Battleship Center began opening ceremonies by paying tribute to the American spirit and by presenting the US Marine Corp Color Guards of Bell California — followed with a prayer by Pastor Douglas (Gunny) Williams and the National Anthem.

District representative Herman Castillo from the office of Congresswoman Janice Hahn and Senator Isadore Hall III made brief statements in honor of Hispanic Heritage Day and the Battleship IOWA before presenting certificates of recognition honoring five local Hispanic American veterans; Louis Ybarra, Charles (Charlie) Valle, Louis Dominguez, and Manuel Torres who was unable to attend Saturday's event — Louis Ybarra accepted the certificate on Mr. Torres' behalf.

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Families Gather Aboard Battleship IOWA in honor of 9/11 Victims

People gathered on the Battleship Iowa Friday to honor victims of 9/11 as part of the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks, including a mother and father who lost their son on that fateful day.

Mike and Barbara Newton attended the memorial in San Pedro which honored 40 first responders killed in New York, but they say they are not alone as they stand for their son Christopher Newton who died when his flight was hijacked by terrorists crashing into the Pentagon that day.

"After 9/11, we always traveled back to the Pentagon," said Mike Newton.

Christopher Newton left two children, including one son who graduated two years ago from the Naval Academy, and while their family is closer than ever, they say forgiveness is a process.

"You either let it destroy you or you try to concentrate on what is good, what is left, not just what you've lost," said Barbara Newton.

The Newton family says they will never forget Christopher's many great accomplishments as a father, Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster, and say he would have done much more.

"The world lost a good person; it lost many good people that day. We're not alone in that," said Barbara Newton.

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Patriot Day 2015: Honoring the Fallen First Responders of 9/11 on the Battleship Iowa

The bell aboard the USS Iowa in San Pedro chimed after the names of 40 first responders who died during 911 were read during as special ceremony marking the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania.

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Los Angeles Navy Days Concludes

America's Navy: LOS ANGELES (NNS) -- The 18th annual Navy Days Los Angeles concluded Aug. 10 when visiting U.S. Navy ships, the guided-missile cruisers USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71), the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) and nearly 1,000 Sailors departed from the Port of Los Angeles.

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The six day fleet week, allowed visitors to tour the ships and meet Sailors, becoming informed about how U.S. Navy ships and crews function.

"This was a great opportunity for Sailors of the visiting ships to showcase the quality of its personnel to local citizens," said Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. Nora W. Tyson. "I want to thank the citizens of Los Angeles for being such gracious hosts and giving us the opportunity to showcase what the Navy has to offer."

The Navy's participation in L.A. Navy Days demonstrated to area leaders and the general public that the Navy remains an essential tool of national defense and a viable career opportunity for young men and women.

The event welcomed thousands of people this weekend for reserved ship tours and a free barbeque pierside in front of the Battleship USS Iowa Museum, as the Al Malaikah Shrine Temple Band played patriotic favorites from the deck of Iowa.

"It's very humbling to get the opportunity to step foot on a Navy ship," said Zina Beshara, a native of Los Angeles. "After receiving a tour of the ship and seeing everything these Sailors do, it gives me a whole new perspective of what these brave men and women sacrifice for our freedom."

In addition to the ship tours, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) expo was held, which was hosted at the Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Terminal.

STEM is an initiative and educational program designed to provide students with opportunities to be successful in the various career fields associated with STEM. Its purpose within schools is to help impassion students to pursue careers in these disciplines.

U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

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Active-duty ships arrive in San Pedro for Navy Days L.A.

With cameras and binoculars primed, a group of spectators waited Tuesday at the edge of a Port of Los Angeles wharf for the last of three active-duty Navy ships sailing in for Navy Days L.A.

“There it is,” some of them said, pointing to a gray, shadowy silhouette just beyond the breakwater.

As the USS Cape St. George, a guided missile cruiser, glided by — with a spray escort from Los Angeles Fire Boat No. 2 and crew members standing at the rails in their summer whites — scattered applause broke out.

Earlier in the day, the USS Bunker Hill, also a guided missile cruiser, and the USS Halsey, a guided missile destroyer, arrived in port and parked in front of the Battleship Iowa. All three ships will welcome thousands of people on board this weekend for reserved free ship tours.

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Marine officer competes on NBC's 'American Ninja Warrior'

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Marine Times: A Marine public affairs officer tested her grit in front of a national television audience on a recent episode of "American Ninja Warrior," making it to one of the show's toughest obstacles before ultimately taking a plunge.

Capt. Kristin Dalton, a Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-based reservist, competed on an all-military edition of the show, which pits athletes against grueling timed obstacle courses. During the July 7 airing on NBC, active-duty and retired troops scrambled through a new course in San Pedro, California, next to the historic battleship Iowa.

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Memorial Day 2015 News Round Up

Memorial Day had been very busy for us here at the Pacific Battleship Center. Thank you to everyone, coming out for festivities, for remembrance, and for supporting the Battleship IOWA. There were a lot of neat things to experience. But just in case you couldn’t make it out to this year’s Military Appreciation Day, here are some of the highlights:


KCAL9: Memorial Day Brings Thousands To USS Iowa




FOX LA: Memorial Day Honored With Remembrances Across The Southland




NBCNBC-Los Angeles: Memorial Day Remembrance Events Around Southern California

"Remembrance is a central tenet of Memorial Day, which we observe on the final Monday of May each and every year. But how people choose to honor those who served our country can be complex and private and ultimately of their own choosing. The Los Angeles National Cemetery will keep longer open hours on Monday, May 25, for those who want to spend some time in reflection or deliver a wreath in memory of a veteran."

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France Gives Nation’s Highest Honor To 19 WWII Veterans In SoCal

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The French government is presenting its highest honors to 19 Southern Californians who served in World War II.

On Friday, the French consul general presented the veterans with the rank of knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor. All of the men are in their 90s.

A consulate spokeswoman said the award is the highest France gives its citizens or foreign nationals.

The veterans received the recognition during a ceremony on board the battleship USS Iowa, which is docked in the Port of Los Angeles.

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USS Iowa’s Music Under the Guns series expands in May with high school band lineup


The River Heights School Jazz Band opens a month of music with a May 9 concert at the USS Iowa as part of its Music Under the Guns series. Photo courtesy Jonathan Hartling. 


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