Pearl Harbor survivor turns 97
Family throws Hawaiian luau to honor the occasion
By Jared Raney
Walter Wendt, one of only a handful of Pearl Harbor survivors remaining in Wisconsin, celebrated his 97th year last weekend with a special celebration.
In honor of his time serving at Pearl Harbor, Wendt’s family and friends put on an all-out Hawaiian luau, complete with roasted pig and Polynesian dancers.
Around 100 people came out, all guests required to wear leis, and enjoyed the colorful festivities.
Wendt was a Navy machinist stationed on the USS Helena during the Pearl Harbor attack, and luckily survived the event without injury, despite the Helena being hit by a missile during the battle.