USS Lexington holds Pearl Harbor remembrance

Pearl Harbor was a horrible experience for Alexander that he tries to forget the memories.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - It has been 76 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor, and a remembrance ceremony was held at the USS Lexington Thursday. 

"December 7th, 1941, a date which will live," said Franklin Delano Roosevelt said.

Onboard the USS Lexington, names of Corpus Christi men killed at Pearl Harbor were read out loud. In attendance at the remembrance were three survivors of the attack.

Marvin Alexander was 18 and at a nearby airfield when the Japanese attack began. 

"76 years is a long time," Alexander said.

Pearl Harbor was a horrible experience for Alexander that he tries to forget the memories.

"And I'm sorry for the people that didn't survive. we did all we could to save," Alexander said.

At Pearl Harbor, Alexander was part of the crew that flew seaplanes, but since most of the planes had been destroyed Alexander stepped in to help another way. 

"They asked for volunteers to go under the water and pull the people out of the water. There were survivors. We only found two or three," Alexander said.

Alexander led the way when the time came for the wreath to honor those who died.

"For us to be able to honor them is really important to the Lexington," Rocco Montesano said.

Montesano experienced his last small tribute held aboard the USS Lexington because he will retire from the museum. 

Alexandar said his goodbyes after today's ceremony not knowing if he would see his fellow brothers in arms again.

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