Pearl Harbor banner is home in Vermillion

Pearl Harbor banner is home in Vermillion Darrel Christopherson unfurls an American flag that flew over the Pearl Harbor Memorial. The banner was hoisted up the large flagpole of the Clay County Memorial briefly Monday morning. by David Lias An American flag that once flew over the Pearl Harbor Memorial took a short stint up the large, center flagpole of the Clay County Veterans Memorial Monday.

"It flew over the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor from March 4 to April 17 of this year," said Darrel Christopherson, a Pearl Harbor survivor from Vermillion and recipient of the flag.

Christopherson, a Vermillion native, joined the Navy on Feb. 12, 1941 � the day he turned 17.

He was assigned to the USS Vestal, which was moored to the USS Arizona when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941.

Christopherson visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial last February, and was given V.I.P. treatment, he said, because he was the only Pearl Harbor survivor there at the time.

He toured the memorial, and eventually was presented with the flag that flew over the USS Arizona during the time he was there.

Christopherson hopes to fly the flag at the W.H. Over Museum, and perhaps auction it to the public to raise money for maintenance of the Clay County Veterans Memorial.

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