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Pearl Harbor attack survivor honored at ceremony on the Iron Range

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GILBERT, MN-- A ceremony was held in the Iron Range to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, and its impact on people in Northeastern Minnesota.

99-year-old Arleigh Birk was the guest of honor at Saturday's ceremony at the VFW Post in Gilbert.

Birk is a Navy veteran, and was on the USS Honolulu during the attack.

He was eyewitness to the destruction of the USS Arizona on December 7th, 1941.

"I seen all the water blow out of the bottom of it. You could see the paint on the side. That was a dandy," Birk said, referencing the scene of destruction.

Arleigh Birk lives in Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota.

He represents the some of the last survivors who made sacrifices on this day 78 years ago, and is thought to be one of only two pearl harbor survivors left in our state.

Birk is looking forward to turning 100 years old this February.

Jenna Wells

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