Imagine being in Hawaii in December 1941, and then missing the 65th anniversary reunion of the attack on Pearl Harbor. That’s the story of George Moch. Moch is one of few survivors of Pearl Harbor still living, and he was honored today with the American Flag that flew over the Arizona memorial December 7, 2005.
On Wednesday, Pearl Harbor survivor George Moch, still trim at 86 — “spiffy” as Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., observed — received a flag, white stars on a blue field showing in the triangular wooden frame.
Moch, now of Bismarck but formerly from the Hazelton-Braddock area, was unable to attend the 65th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor memorial Dec. 7, 2006, but the flag presented to him Wednesday is one that has flown above the USS Arizona, sunk that day and remaining where it came to rest in 38 feet of water, ever since. The American flag flies over the Arizona night and day; Moch’s flag flew over the Arizona on Dec. 7, 2005.