Mike Hines, staff assistant at the Iowa Veterans Home, is a retired U.S. Army paratrooper who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 7, the War on Terror veteran will be honoring World War II veterans who perished 72 years ago at Pearl Harbor. He will be manning a static display about the "day that would live in infamy" in the Malloy Leisure Resource Center at the Iowa Veterans Home.
The public is encouraged to attend the free service.
The grave marker of William W. Henderson is shown in Newton’s Union Cemetery. S2C denotes him as a seamen, second class. He was killed on the USS Arizona during the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Henderson, a Newton native, lived in Marshalltown before he enlisted and was the first Marshalltown man to be killed in action in World War II. “In Memory Of” means the remains are not in the cemetery. They are likely interred on the ship, according to military researcher Rickie Bickel, USAF (Ret.) of Newton. The markers of World War II pilots, aircrews, soldiers and seamen whose remains were never found are also “In Memory Of.”
Hines said memorabilia will include a recording of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech which was made Dec. 8, two separate videos depicting American armed forces countering the attack and approximately five tables of artifacts.
"The videos will show heroic actions by U.S. Army Air Force member Kenneth Taylor and seaman Doris "Dorie" Miller, of the United States Navy, Hines said.
"The late General Taylor (who died in 2006) engaged the Japanese and was credited with shooting down two enemy aircraft and Miller, an African-American cook, manned an anti-aircraft weapon to counter the Japanese offensive. Like Miller's valiant efforts, it goes to show you that whatever one's job is in the military, the men and women of the armed forces are prepared to do whatever is necessary."
If You Go ...
WHAT: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day display
WHEN: 9-11 a.m., Dec. 7
WHERE: Malloy Leisure Resource Center, Iowa Veterans Home, 1501 Summit St., Marshalltown
The attack on Pearl Harbor propelled the United States, then at peace, into a country dramatically immersed in World War II.
"I encourage central Iowans to join us Dec. 7, and help honor the memory of so many veterans who perished that day," Hines said.