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Oct 21, 2016

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Pearl Harbor ceremony carries on without survivors
By Ed Friedrich of the Kitsap Sun

Wednesday's Pearl Harbor ceremony at Keyport included the parade of colors.
LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN


KEYPORT The number of service members who survived both the attacks on Pearl Harbor and old age is rapidly diminishing. A stark realization occurred Wednesday when no survivors participated in Naval Undersea Warfare Center's remembrance ceremony.

Roy Carter and Bob Rains, both of Sequim, and Lloyd Valnes, of Bremerton, had planned to make their annual appearances but weren't able to attend.

"It's sad and kind of empty to not have any of them here," Naval Undersea Warfare Center spokeswoman Wendy Miles said.

But not unexpected.

Wednesday was the 75th anniversary of Japan's Dec. 7 raid that killed 2,403 and thrust the United States into World War II. Survivors are in their 90s. The national Pearl Harbor Survivors Association disbanded five years ago after dropping from 30,000 members to fewer than 3,000. Now there could be as little as 300.

Only two remain in Kitsap County Valnes and Henry Meyer, of Port Orchard. A moment of silence was observed Wednesday for Frank Mattausch and Maynard "Rocky" Hoffman, both of Bremerton, who passed away this year.

Though Valnes wasn't present Wednesday, he was well represented. Thirteen family members sat in the front rows of Naval Undersea Museum's Jack Murdock Auditorium. Bremerton Navy League President Tim Katona presented Valnes' grandson, Ronn Goodnough, with a flag that flew over the USS Arizona. The battleship sank, killing 1,177 sailors and Marines. Many of them remain entombed in the wreckage, and a memorial now straddles it.

"It was an honor to be here and represent my grandfather," said Goodnough, 41, of Tracyton. "He was a great influence in my life."

Valnes' battleship, USS California, was the first vessel struck by the Japanese that Sunday morning. It took two torpedoes to the port side, listed and began flooding. Valnes watched from alongside, in the captain's gig with three other sailors.

"He said: 'There was nothing we could do. We just watched and drank our coffee,'" daughter Linda Goodnough, of Silverdale, said. "It probably felt surreal to him."

Valnes, then 20, initially was confused whether it was real or Americans practicing. Then he saw the low-flying pilots' faces and the rising suns on the wings.

Sailors were blown or jumped into the water, which was topped by burning oil. Valnes' gig team ferried the men to shore. Later he was sent with a lantern to a 10-foot-tall buoy to guide a ship after dark. The ship never arrived nor did his ride. He stayed out on the harbor until 8 a.m. the next day before being fetched. That day he lost 105 shipmates.

Pearl Harbor was just the opening chapter for Valnes, who lives in Bremerton with wife Elaine. The California sank, was refloated, patched, sailed to Bremerton's Puget Sound Navy Yard for major repairs and joined the war. Valnes was with the ship for six years and in the Navy for 20. He worked for another 22 years as a civilian at Bangor and Keyport.

"He never has made a big deal about Pearl Harbor at all," Linda Goodnough said. "That happened then, and you move on with your life. The attack itself wasn't the worst he saw during the course of the war. He had kamikaze pilots flying into the ships, all kinds of crazy and gruesome things happening."

During the ceremony, Cmdr. Carlos Cintron, Keyport's executive officer, and Lt. Shannon Shaw co-narrated a video of the attack. The Keyport Singers harmonized the national anthem, Navy Band Northwest played "Taps" for all those who died and everybody in the packed auditorium sang "America the Beautiful."

The Japanese made many strategic errors, including not going after American submarines, aircraft carriers and fuel reserves.

"But one mistake in particular stood out," Shaw said. "Our enemy underestimated the will and capability of our people. It was not just a day of infamy. It was also a day of discovery. It hurt us, yes, but it also made us stronger."

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