96-year-old veteran honored at suburban Pearl Harbor ceremony

DES PLAINES, Ill. -- Today in Des Plaines, the sons and daughters of Pearl Harbor survivors gathered to mark the Day of Infamy, 75 years later.

Among them, was one very special veteran.

96-year-old Joe Triolo still remembers it well.

"Obviously it was a surprise,” he said. “Who expected the Japanese to attack us?”

A native of West Virginia, Joe and  his brother John enlisted in the Navy.

By 41, he was stationed in Hawaii aboard the USS Tangier, a repair ship.

During the attack, Joe manned his 50-caliber gun. He is credited with three aircraft kills that day.

75 years have come and gone since that fateful day when 2343 servicemen and some civilians, as well died and 1,143 were wounded too. There are but a few who served and stationed there who are still with us.

Joe who now resides in Zion with his wife and believes it is our responsibility to never forget the sacrifices that were made.

WGN's Patrick Elwood spoke with Joe and has more.