A reunion seven decades in the making
03/07/2014 11:27 PM
03/08/2014 12:58 AM
On Dec. 7, 1941, 23-year-old Yeoman 2nd Class Durrell Conner was aboard the USS California when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
After the attack, Conner and another sailor noticed the ship’s American flag on the deck, and they raised it.
That flag is believed to be the one that hangs permanently in California Department of Veterans Affairs’ Medal of Honor Hall, above.
Conner came to see the flag for the first time in more than 70 years and was honored Friday at a ceremony at which Assemblyman Rocky Chávez and Sen. Mark Wyland gave him an American flag that has flown over the state Capitol.
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