The 75th Commemoration: Honoring Those Who Served at Pearl Harbor - United Hub

The 75th Commemoration: Honoring those who served at Pearl Harbor

By The Hub team, December 07, 2016

On December 7, 1941 the attack on Pearl Harbor and 6 other military bases on Oahu, Hawaii precipitated the United States' involvement in World War II, a day that will long be remembered in history. As this year marks the 75th anniversary of the attack, veterans Donald Stratton, Louis (Lou) Conter, Lauren Bruner and Howard Kenton (Ken) Potts will return to Honolulu for a weeklong commemoration event hosted by the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

To honor those who served, we provided United First® class airfare for the remaining survivors of the USS Arizona as well as their family members for the weeklong commemoration in Honolulu. Family members of John Anderson and Claredon Hetrick, who passed away recently, also traveled in remembrance of their loved ones who were on board the USS Arizona during the attack. As an ultimate tribute to this day, Claredon Hetrick's remains will be spread at the site of the USS Arizona.

“On behalf of United's many veteran employees, I thank these brave men for their service," said Jim Casey, president of United's veterans' business resource group. “Being the exclusive carrier to reconnect the men from the USS Arizona to Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary is an absolute honor, and I am so grateful to our many employees who came together to make these sendoffs events so special."

Mr. Lou Conter who flew with us from San Francisco to Honolulu last week graciously agreed to speak with us on this historic occasion. "Our mission is to teach the kids in school so that something like Pearl Harbor doesn't happen again," he said, as he departed last week.

To further recognize these men for their heroism, employees decked out departure gates with festive decorations and some of our employees who are military veterans themselves presented each survivor with a memorial plaque and a model United airplane as a tribute for their service. Employees cheered and celebratory honor guards and military personnel saluted these brave men as they boarded their flights for Honolulu.

In addition to the survivors from the USS Arizona, we are also providing airfare for 20 World War II vets to travel to the commemoration at Pearl Harbor. We are also proud to be the primary sponsor of the PBS Documentary, Remember Pearl Harbor­, which will premiere on December 4 at the museum. For more information on the 75th Commemoration visit

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