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Area families remember loved ones lost during Pearl Harbor attack

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METRO—Area families who lost loved ones during the attack on Pearl Harbor are remembering this day.

It was back on Dec. 7 of 1941, that the Japanese waged a surprise strike against the United States.

Two families from our region this past year have been touched by that historic event.

You may remember it was the family of Arthur Neuenschwander that early last summer received news that his remains had been identified.

He was 33, and was a Gunner's Mate on the Battleship Oklahoma.

At Hector Airport, a full honor guard welcomed the sailor back home again.

And last winter, a Moorhead family traveled to Pearl Harbor where Navy divers interred the ashes of Dilworth native, John Anderson.

John and his twin brother Jake were both on the USS Arizona that day in Pearl Harbor.

Jake died and he remains have been with the Arizona since then.

John asked that, after he died, he join his brother, and be buried with him on the ship.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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