Victims' Rights Caucus

Speeches

Mr. Speaker, around breakfast time on a stunning Sunday sunrise, Luke Trahin, a 22-year-old sailor from Texas, noticed large formations of aircraft darkening the glistening sky. He kept watching it until suddenly bombs from the Japanese invaders started dropping on Pearl Harbor Naval Base. It was December 7, 1941.

After the smoke cleared that morning of madness, the American battleships, the ships of the line were destroyed. 188 planes were destroyed. 2,471 Americans, servicemen and civilians were killed by this unwarranted terror from the skies.

Luke and his buddies in Hawaii quickly got organized and for 2 days, waited for the Japanese landing, but it did not occur. Luke Trahin stayed in the Navy a total of 6 years until World War II was won by his greatest generation.

He is now 86 years of age and he lives in southeast Texas. He still wears his Navy blues and medals on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and, of course, the 4th of July. He is a proud Pearl Harbor survivor.

To my friend, Luke Trahin, and all those who served the cause of freedom, and the 400,000 Americans who died in World War II, December 7, as FDR said, is a day that will and has lived in infamy. That's just the way it is.