On 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor Congressman Higgins Pays Tribute to Those Who Served
As the nation and the world mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in solemn remembrance, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) paid tribute to those who served in the battle including South Buffalo’s own United States Army Corporal Earl Wickett.
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In 2011, before his passing, Congressman Higgins recognized Mr. Wickett for his service. Congressman Higgins made the following remarks on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor on the House of Representatives Floor:
“Today marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the tragic attacks on Pearl Harbor. It is a day we reflect and remember over twenty-four hundred Americans whose lives we lost that morning.
“Today, I especially remember Army Corporal Earl Wickett, a South Buffalo native who was stationed at Pearl Harbor on the day of the attacks. Mr. Wickett went on to fight on behalf of our nation for over four years. Following his tour he returned home to Western New York, raised a family and continued to serve his community as a Buffalo Firefighter.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Wickett is no longer with us, passing away a few years ago, but his stories and acts of bravery live on.
“Today I join all Americans in remembering those who paid the ultimate price at Pearl Harbor and those who sought and seek to protect our freedom here and throughout the world. This nation is always grateful to those like Mr. Wickett, for their bravery, dedication and selfless service.”
Higgins recognizes there are many others, like Corporal Wickett, who served during that time but few are left to share their stories from that tragic day. Over 16 million Americans served in World War II, it is estimated that just 4% are still living today. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,100 were wounded at Pearl Harbor.