World War II veteran Joseph Carinci was the VFW’s guest speaker for Pearl Harbor Day remembrance.
Bill Yorton, right, reads the roll call of vessels lost at Pearl Harbor while Jack Cotten rings the bell.
The honor guard salutes those lost during the VFW’s Pearl Harbor ceremony Dec. 7.
After the laying of the wreaths, Virginia Steward, right, VFW auxiliary president reads a remembrance with Sue Monette, a member of the American Legion. In the back is Bill Yorton who led the ceremony.
(Town of Lenox, NY – Dec. 2012) An annual event that is open to the public, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 600 in Canastota held its Pearl Harbor Day ceremony Dec. 7 at the post home on Canal Road. Members of the Canastota American Legion Post 140 joined them.
The remembrance ceremony included prayers, the laying of wreaths, roll call of those vessels lost on Dec. 7, 1941, honor guard salute with Taps and a special guest speaker.
This year’s speaker was Oneida resident and World War II veteran Joseph Carinci, who at 88 years old spoke of his time serving. Carinci was also present when the Japanese surrendered.
Carinci was aboard the USS Plymouth off the coast of North Carolina Aug. 5, 1943 when the ship was torpedoed. He and 15 other seamen hung onto a raft for five hours in shark-infested waters before being rescued by a British tug. Sixty men survived from the hit.
After spending nine days in the barracks at Virginia, Carinci was offered offshore duty but refused and volunteered for sea duty instead. After completing SONAR training he hopped aboard the USS Hesson. He eventually became deck force petty officer and then gun captain.
Carinci said he made nine trips overseas before being serving in the Pacific Theater.
Carinci, along with five brothers served in the armed forces. He lost a brother during World War II.
The ceremony ended with food and refreshments.
Photos by Margo Frink