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Published: Sunday, 11/24/2013

Ohio county to honor its last Pearl Harbor vet


BATAVIA, Ohio — A southwest Ohio county will honor its last surviving veteran of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor during a series of events beginning in December.

Clermont County commissioners have declared Dec. 1-7 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Week. World War II Navy veteran Joe Witt will recount his experiences next Sunday afternoon at the New Richmond Market Street School. There will be other speakers and ceremonial events at the memorial gathering.

Witt will be grand marshal for both the Amelia and the Bethel Christmas parades on Dec. 6. He saw action for the Navy around the Pacific region after Pearl Harbor, the Dec. 7 Japanese attack that resulted in the U.S. entry into the war.

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