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Kentucky sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be buried in Corbin today; flags at half-staff

Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of a Kentucky sailor who was killed in action during World War II, but whose remains were only recently identified. Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Ulis C. Steely, 25, of Corbin, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was...

Remains of another Kentucky sailor, Ulis Steely, identified; killed in attack on Pearl Harbor

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The remains of another Kentucky sailor killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, have been identified after many years of being listed as unknown.

 According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Ulis C. Steely, 25, of Corbin, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl...

Addia Wuchner: Remembering Pearl Harbor, welcome home Navy Fireman First Class Samuel Crowder

December marks the month of the busiest holiday we celebrate, but we must stop to remember Pearl Harbor first. This year in December, we will reflect on the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. We must remember the 2,403 Americans who were killed December 7, 1941, including sailors, soldiers, airman, marines, and civilians. Creating the largest loss of life on the naval base was the Japanese...

Old Time Kentucky: Christmas report of soldier’s Pearl Harbor demise was greatly exaggerated

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist The Hamlin home in Harlan was joyless seventy-five Christmases ago. On Dec. 16, 1941, Green and Molly Hamlin got the telegram parents most fear in wartime. “The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that your son, James Thomas Hamlin, fireman first class, U.S. Navy, was lost in action in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country…,”...

Mike Denham: Despite passage of time, significance of Pearl Harbor needs to be remembered

This week, one of the most famous dates in our country’s history hits a major milestone. On Wednesday, we will mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a time that, as President Franklin Roosevelt correctly predicted during a speech to Congress, “would live in infamy.” Nearly 2,500 sailors and soldiers were killed and close to 1,300 others were wounded that Sunday morning in 1941....

Old Time Kentucky: Dec. 7, 1941 proved to be no ordinary day for Gunner’s Mate Vessels

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist Dec. 7, 1941, seemed like an ordinary Sunday morning in port for Gunner’s Mate Third Class James Allard Vessels of Paducah. His ship, the USS Arizona, was one of seven battleships moored in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The navy called the lineup of powerful dreadnoughts “Battleship Row.” Vessels, who died in 1981, rolled out of his bunk about five-thirty in the morning....