A special broadcast on the 73rd Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Remote broadcast hosted by Lt. Cdr Charles Wilson, Commanding Officer of the Navy Operational Support Center Tucson. The NOSC has 225 reservists whose roles include Intelligence Specialists, Medical Support , Security Forces, and SEABEES. They also provide Navy Funeral Honors for veterans and family notifications for families of fallen sailors.
Durward Swanson was an 20 year old Army Air Corps Security Policeman at Hickam Air Force base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He had just returned to his bunk from the chow hall when the attack began. A bomb dropped by the first wave of Japanese attackers struck that chow hall and killed 43 personnel. Gathering his security team, he found one of his patrolmen was out on a baseball field firing a BAR at the enemy airplanes.
Swanson’s security forces had raised a US flag outside the Hickam Barracks that morning. Following the day’s combat, he and a fellow soldier retrieved that flag at 9 o’clock that evening. The bullet riddled flag is still on display at the Hickam Barracks.
Swanson also flew as a crewmember on a B-17 bomber that was shot down during the Battle of Midway. Many of his crew members died that day and he was severely injured. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal and a Bronze Star for his actions during World War II.
John Chernowski, a Navy Veteran and Southern Area Chair for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve also shared his thoughts on the important role of our “citizen sailors”.