The USS Halsey passes before the USS Arizona Memorial during a moment of silence at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
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Thousands of people gathered at Pearl Harbor Wednesday for a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead.Under a clear blue sky, a few dozen attack survivors and others assembled on a pier overlooking the harbor. Earlier, Laura Stoller watched as crowds jostled for autographs and photos with survivors. Stoller accompanied her adoptive grandfather and Pearl Harbor survivor Stan VanHoose of Beloit, Wisconsin, to the event and was happy to see the veterans getting attention. Ray Chavez was out on a minesweeper, the USS Condor, in the early hours before the attack.The sailors reported the sighting and Chavez went home to sleep.These days, many people treat Chavez and other Pearl Harbor survivors like celebrities, asking them for autographs and photos.
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