2005-12-01 / News

Pearl Harbor remembered at East Ferry Dec. 7

The island’s veterans groups will commemorate Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, with a noontime ceremony at East Ferry’s Veterans Memorial Square.

Capt. Clifton R. Largess Jr., a retired Navy fighter pilot, has been chosen to give the speech, which is fitting, since Largess and some buddies from Holy Cross “ran to Boston to sign up for the draft” the day after the Pearl Harbor bombing on Dec. 7. 1941.

Largess spent some 31 years in the U.S. Navy, beginning his career as an aviator flying bombing missions off the carrier USS Enterprise while stationed in the Pacific Ocean, and winding up working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff on strategic planning.

Retired Marine Col. Bruce Livingston of the VFW said that Largess has great stories to tell about his participation in World War II, and he is hoping that island residents will turn out at the ceremony to hear Largess speak.

Fr. William O’Neill of St. Mark Church will give the blessing, and there will be a rifle salute and the playing of “taps” to finish out the event.

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