(Associated Press/Evan Vucci)
December 7th, 1941 is a day that will live in infamy as the United States was thrust into WWII after a brutal attack from the Imperial Japanese Navy. Over 2,000 Americans died in the sneak attack and those who survived never forgot the carnage they witnessed that day. Yesterday survivors of Pearl Harbor were honored at the White House for their bravery and one of them had a surprise of his own.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was declared yesterday and will henceforth be a recognized by the United States. A handful of veterans were present at the ceremony to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the attack but Michael “Mickey” Ganitch had an extra special surprise.
The retired Senior Chief Quartermaster Ganitch burst out into song to sing “Remember Pearl Harbor” which stunned the crowd. The day of the attack he was preparing for a Navy Football game and had to evacuate USS Pensylvania as it suffered bombing.
“As my battle station was in the crow’s nest of the main mast, I reported there in my football uniform, minus cleats and helmet. The shoulder pads made it difficult to get through the trapdoor. One 500-lb bomb hit our ship during the second air attack.”
– Michael “Mickey” Ganitch
Check out his stellar performance in this clip.