Thunder to Honor Pearl Harbor Vets this Friday
Wichita, KS (December 3rd) – The Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League is very proud to honor military personnel throughout the season with our brand new Slape and Howard Hero of the Game promotion. On Friday, December 7th, the Thunder are proud to announce that survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Paul Aschbrenner and Arthur Dunn, will be honored during the team's game against the Tulsa Oilers.
Aschbrenner and Dunn were on board the USS Oklahoma when it took nine torpedo hits from Japanese planes on the morning of December 7th, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. This Friday marks the 71st Anniversary of the attack that brought the United States of America to the brink of war. Aschbrenner and Dunn are just two of the less than ten Kansans still living who were stationed at Pearl Harbor on the day of the attack. Two years ago, Aschbrenner and Dunn were honored at a special ceremony and received medals that they were entitled to when their military service ended in 1946 and 1947. Both men continued to serve throughout World War II through various battles in the Pacific.
"Both of these incredible men have said that all they want is for us, as Americans, to remember that infamous day," commented Chris Ross, Director of Game Operations. "Most importantly to remember their fallen brothers who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to remember that we must always be ready for anything. With around 670 WWII Veterans passing each day, we are running out of time to honor these heroes and learn from them. Having Paul and Arthur with us this Friday night is the opportunity of a lifetime to do just that."
On December 28th, the Wichita Thunder have partnered with the Kansas Honor Flight Program in raising funds to send WWII Veterans to the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. Groups who are interested in supporting the Kansas Honor Flight Program can contact Chris Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets for Friday, December 28th against the Missouri Mavericks. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks.