Today marks the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Many may not know that during the attack, 26 Louisianians lost their lives.

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On December 7, 1941, a surprise military attack was carried out by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon the United States at the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii.

When the smoke cleared, 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded according to

As local attorney Kaliste Saloom stated on Facebook earlier today (12/07/21), many people locally may not realize that in the attack, 26 sailors from Louisiana were killed.

Mr. Saloom, a incredibly knowledgeable WWII buff should know. His father, the late Judge Kaliste Saloom, was a WWII veteran.

In a Facebook post that begins "80 years ago today, this Date in Infamy...", Mr. Saloom pays tribute to a Lafayette sailor "Felix Ducrest and 25 other Louisianians who died on the USS Arizona that day."

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Mr. Saloom then lists the names and ranks of the 26 Louisiana sailors who lost their lives 80 years ago today.

Louisiana Sailors Killed on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor:

ARLEDGE, Eston SM2c USN Louisiana
ARNAUD, Achilles F3c USN Louisiana
ARNOLD, Claude Duran Jr. F3c USN Louisiana
ASHMORE, Wilburn James S2c USN Louisiana
AYDELL, Miller Xavier WT2c USN Louisiana
CLARK, Malcolm BKR3c USN Louisiana
DAVIS, John Quitman S1c USN Louisiana
DUCREST, Louis Felix S1c USN (Broussard) Louisiana
DURIO, Russell PFC USMC Louisiana
EVANS, David Delton PVT USMC Louisiana
FREDERICK, Charles Donald EM2c USN Louisiana
GRIFFIN, Lawrence J. PFC USMC Louisiana
HUVAL, Ivan Joseph S1c USN Louisiana
HUX, Leslie Creade PFC USMC Louisiana
JONES, Thomas Raymond ENS USNR Louisiana
LEGROS, Joseph McNeil S1c USN Louisiana
MURPHY, Jessie Huell S1c USN Louisiana
NAYLOR, "J" "D" SM2c USN Louisiana
PRITCHETT, Robert Leo Jr. S1c USN Louisiana
ROBERTS, Wilburn Carle BKR3c USN Louisiana
SAVAGE, Walter Samuel Jr. ENS USNR Louisiana
STODDARD, William Edison S1c USN Louisiana
TYSON, Robert FC3c USN Louisiana
WHITAKER, John William Jr. S1c USN Louisiana
WILLIAMS, Adrian Delton S1c USN Louisiana

WILLIS, Robert Kenneth Jr. S1c USN Louisiana

Below is the original post from Mr. Saloom's Facebook page.

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