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Daughter salutes father who served in Navy during Pearl Harbor

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At Yellowstone National Cemetery, it may have been cold, but hearts were warm for the 75th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. People saluted Pearl Harbor survivors for their service and sacrifice during WWII.

"Most of our lives he didn't share stories with us because it was a thing that they just didn't want to think about or bring up," Sue Gillespie said.

She stands tall in front of her biggest hero.

"He was very caring about other individuals and he always wanted people to remember Pearl Harbor," Gillespie said.

From the time the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, to now, the motto of her father, Edward Chlapowski, has been, "keep America alert." Her father served in the Navy during WWII, and never relived his experiences through stories until his later years.

"I'm glad that every year we can  go ahead and make sure that everybody remembers how hard freedom is," she said.

She says he started the Montana chapter for Pearl Harbor Survivors. He always use to say it was good therapy.

"Making sure that the gentlemen in the organization could get together each year they got together usually at least 3 times a year so that they could talk about this," Gillespie said.

It was the hope of Gillespie's hero for everyone to remember Pearl Harbor.

"I'm glad that we take the time to remember that 75-years ago that these people put their lives on the line for us
to protect our freedom," she said.

Everyone KULR-8 spoke with says it's important to keep Pearl Harbor's history alive, in order to learn from it.

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