Pearl Harbor Survivor Everett Hyland To Celebrate 94th Birthday

Everett Hyland and Daniel Martinez
Everett Hyland and NPS historian Daniel Martinez

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News Release Date: March 15, 2017

Honolulu – Pearl Harbor Survivor Everett Hyland turns 94 on Friday, and the public is invited to help celebrate. Join us at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at 10:00 AM this Friday, March 17, to wish him a happy birthday.
 
On December 7, 1941, Everett was aboard the Battleship USS Pennsylvania, flagship of the Pacific Fleet.
 
“If we ever go to war, the last place in the world I wanted to be trapped was down in the bowels of the ship,” he said in a US Navy interview. “I wanted to be top side, so if something happened, I could get off it. So I volunteered for antenna repair squad. I was with the radio division.”
 
When general quarters sounded on that fateful Sunday morning, he immediately went to his battle station with others in his division. Realizing there was nothing to be done from there, they began collecting ammo for a small anti-aircraft gun. At the same time, five high altitude planes dropped bombs just above them.
 
“We took one hit. The one that hit our ship just happened to be where we were,” Everett said.
 
Everett was so badly wounded by the blast that his own friends did not recognize him. He spent nine months in recovery, and then went back to sea.
 
Since 1995, Everett has volunteered at the visitor center on Sundays, where he shares his story with visitors.
 
For more information about the monument, please visit www.nps.gov/valr and www.facebook.com/ValorNPS.



Last updated: April 17, 2017

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