Ted and Dick Ingalls hustled back to their ship early Sunday morning Dec. 7, 1941.
Both were cooks on the USS Arizona and had gone ashore that Saturday to celebrate Ted’s birthday. He turned 20 Dec. 7; the brothers saw a movie, enjoyed some sights and made it back before their 7 a.m. breakfast shift duty.
An hour later, at 8:10 a.m. their time, the USS Arizona, stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, took the first wave of Japanese bombs in an attack that later that day entered the United States in World War II.
The Ingalls brothers from Clinton both died in the attack; they are among the 945 shipmen whose bodies remain 40 feet submerged from where the Arizona sank in what is now a National Park off Ford Island.
This Memorial Day, the Ingalls brothers and their family and community illustrate why we pause to remember those who served our country. The following imborsation has been pieced together from a number of sources, including the archives of the Clinton Courier.
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