Ganitch later broke out into song, delivering a rendition of "Remember Pearl Harbor".
"We should always remember those who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor", he said.
Lawmakers and the Naval Supply Systems Command honored three survivors from the Keystone State: Isaac George, Richard Schimmel, and Pat Bonnelli.
President Donald Trump introduced them and talked about what each did on that fateful day in a ceremony.
Another year has passed and the issue is as alive today as it was in 1942 when newspapers and other media across the country circulated a story about "an unidentified Negro messman" who bravely carried his captain and others to safety during the harrowing surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy.
"When you go to pearl harbor, or you go to the Fredericksburg museum in the pacific and also the WWII museum in New Orleans how much he is a feature of the history in the navy".
Davis was an 18-year-old sergeant in the U.S. Army when he personally experienced the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ganitch was on the battleship Pennsylvania's football team and getting ready for a championship game against the crew of the Arizona when Japan attacked.
"More than seven decades after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared December 7, 1941 as 'a date which will live in infamy, ' tangible proof of the day's events are still visible at Pearl Harbor", Mabee continued.
"I wish sometimes that I could live down here", said retired Senior Master Sgt. Harry Allen about the monument. "What can I say?" Twice in a single generation the catastrophe of world war has fallen upon us.
"It was 16 million people in uniform, and a lot of people sacrificed their lives for World War II", said Bell.
"Instead of retreating from the fight, America's Pacific Fleet dug in its heels", Swift said. "Along the way, they forged a cultural heritage of resilience that sailors continue to draw upon today". "And due to their extraordinary devotion to duty, the United States is stronger than ever before".
The ceremony featured a 21-gun salute, the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, prayer, playing of "Taps", the ceremonial tossing of the wreath into the Black River and the presenting of the colors by the Lorain High School Army JROTC.
Many of those memories have faded, he admitted Thursday at the Tippecanoe County Veterans Council Pearl Harbor Day Observance.
"We are building up the military beyond what you ever thought".
Japan and the US became close allies after the war.