Veterans Honored On Pearl Harbor Day

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 7, 2007 at 11:22 PM EDT

A special tribute honors veterans of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and one local soldier who did not survive that day.

Owego's VFW Post 1371 held a special dedication, 66 years after what FDR called the day that will live in infamy.

Here's Action News reporter Justin Moss.

Charles Kennedy of Owego was with the US Air Corps stationed in Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7th 1941.

The memory of Japan's attack is still fresh in Kennedy's mind.

He was with a squadron of about 240 people.

"We lost ten men and about 32 were wounded, lost all our airplanes, our barracks were pretty well shot up," said Kennedy.

Kennedy was one of two Tioga County Pearl Harbor survivors honored by the VFW Post 13-71.

Richard Hopkins remembers hearing the attack and looking out of his barracks.

"And they were hauling wounded, cars trucks, anything they could get them on to rush them to the hospital," said Hopkins.

Besides the survivors, the post remembered those who did not make it.

Sailor Delmar Sibley of Owego was one of the nearly 24-hundred service members killed at Pearl Harbor.

At 23, he was the first person from Tioga County to die in World War II.

His relatives came to the ceremony to help honor him.

"I remember Delmar coming to the house to say goodbye to us, I remember that as though it were yesterday," said Sibley's cousin Jane Williams.

"We didn't have him with us very long but we were very proud of him," said cousin Mary Prince.

Jack Howie saus the VFW dedicated it's dining hall to Sibley along with a painting of him.

"Up on that wall will be his a brief bio on him plus the medals he was entitled to as a result of his service in the United States Navy," said Howie.

Howie says it's a small way to remember a man who, along with so many others, sacrificed for the country.

The VFW Post presented two special service awards.

Glenn Fields of Berkshire was wounded in the Korean War.

The family of Charles Bilbrey of Owego also accepted the honor for their son, who was killed in Iraq last June.

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