Hometown veteran Army Cpl. Earl Wickett remembered
As the nation and the world mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in solemn remembrance, Congressman Brian Higgins paid tribute to those who served in the battle, including South Buffalo's own United States Army Cpl. Earl Wickett.
In 2011, before Wickett's passing, Higgins recognized him for his service.
Higgins made the following remarks on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor on the House of Representatives Floor:
"Today marks the 75th anniversary of the tragic attacks on Pearl Harbor. It is a day we reflect and remember over 2,400 Americans whose lives we lost that morning.
"Today, I especially remember Army Cpl. 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 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, and it is estimated that just 4 percent are still living today.
More than 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,100 were wounded at Pearl Harbor.