Last remaining Pearl Harbor ship docked in Baltimore | WDVM25 and DCW50

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BALTIMORE, Md. (WDVM) – Tuesday, December 7, was to honor the men and women who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor eight decades ago. Members of the historic ships in Baltimore held a commemoration.

The public was able to board the US Coast Guard WHEC 37. At the time of the attack, the ship was part of the Destroyer 80 Division, based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Now the ship is turned into a museum for the public to learn more about the crew members who worked on this ship.

Florence Strawser is one of the Sons and Daughters Pearl Harbor Survivors in Maryland. She said it’s important to honor those who lost their lives eight decades ago. She also says it was surreal to see this piece of history.

“It’s a piece of history and it’s kind of like you can touch the history, it’s like when you go somewhere and you can actually see what’s going on,” Strawser said.

A few songs and remarks – and even a commemorative wreath – were just a few of the things that happened during the ceremony. After the ceremony was over, the guests had the opportunity to tour the ship. Chris Rowsom is the executive director of Historic Ships in Baltimore. He said the reason they held this ceremony is that people will never forget.

“They are no longer there and the ship is still there, the ship is their legacy… the service and sacrifice they have rendered to their country and the ship is a testament to that,” Rowsom said.

He hopes that with the ship docked in Baltimore, people can learn more about the history of the ship and why the ship is famous in the US Coast Guard.

“We don’t forget the history of the ship, they learn what happened, why the ship is well known why it is still there,” Rowsom continued.

Without ever forgetting the tragic events which took place on December 7, 1941. Visits to the ship will officially begin on Thursday. Rowsom also said that when you buy a ticket for the ship, you can use that ticket to explore the other historic ships that are in the harbor.

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