February 18, 2018
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Bangor honors Mainer who died at Pearl Harbor

Callie Ferguson | BDN
Callie Ferguson | BDN
Bangor Mayor Ben Sprague speaks at an annual wreath-laying to commemorate the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
By Callie Ferguson

Service members, veterans and local dignitaries gathered on the Willard Carlton Orr Bridge in Bangor on Thursday to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The footbridge honors a Bangor High School graduate and the only Mainer killed in the Dec. 7. 1941 attack, which claimed 2,403 American lives, Mayor Ben Sprague said.

[‘Without warning’: the front page nearly 76 years ago]

The bridge crosses the Kenduskeag, where members of the Navy Operational Support Center laid a wreath to honor the fallen.

“To veterans, [Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day] means a lot,” said Ronald F. Smith, a Vietnam War veteran and quartermaster with VFW post District 4. “There were a lot of sacrifices.”

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