Lexington recognizes surviving Pearl Harbor Veterans


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — About 100 people in Lexington gathered Monday for national Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, to honor those who were killed at Pearl Harbor 74 years ago, as well as pay tribute to World War II military veterans.

Drake Vaughn is one of those men and he says he is Lexington’s last surviving Pearl Harbor Veteran. “When I left in June of ’41 I think there was eight or ten of us. Most of us ended up in the same organization in Hawaii,” explained Vaughn.

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Herman Horn of Frankfort was also stationed in Hawaii during the crippling attacks. The association says there are only five surviving Pearl Harbor veterans in Kentucky.

The Pearl Harbor Day program put on by the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Association was held at the Oleika Shrine Temple. It recognized two men, who were both stationed in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, the day Japan attacked America, plunging the country into World War II.