Transcript for ARCHIVAL VIDEO: Navy gunner returns to Pearl Harbor, 50 years later
Finally tonight Pearl Harbor once again as we near the fiftieth anniversary of the attack tourism officials have seen a surge of visitors to the USS Arizona memorial. For one of them today this was his first visit to the memorial but not to Pearl Harbor. Here's ABC's Ken Kashiwahara. In the peacefulness of the Missouri countryside the horrors of Pearl Harbor have remained alive for half a century. Bomb itself or hated and why you give. Or. Market dues withhold wrong. Howard Berke was a 25 year old gunners mate on the battleship Arizona that December day. Is home was filled with reminders the mementos the medals. The memo. Triplets all far but bowed their own fault. Aired from god our help but look back and it was. The defeat our hands has given up born down. Today Howard Burke came back to re live that day where it'll happen. With a son and granddaughter Burke made his first pilgrimage to the Pearl Harbor monument honoring his Arizona shipmates who died. 11100 of them are still entombed in the sunken ships. They're very Atlanta and mr. Throw home. Or fifty years pressures of his job and health problems had kept Howard Burke away but this anniversary he said was too important for him not to return. It's a very there. Palmer them. He was eager to describe how we jumped off the sinking ship and swam through water covered with oil and inch thick how he was lucky to survive. But his emotions overwhelmed him as he got to the wall of names as he quietly searched for friends who had died so violently fifty years ago. They didn't have a chance doctor Paul. No chance. Just bad feeling there are guys out Oakland application. Despite the pain of remembering Howard berkes said he was glad he came back. It was his duty he said to pay tribute to his fallen shipmates. Ken Kashiwahara ABC news Pearl Harbor.
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