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  • Randall Benton / rbenton@sacbee.com

    Pearl Harbor veteran Durrell Conner in front of a large flag following a ceremony at the Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) Medal of Honor Hall in Sacramento Friday.

  • Randall Benton / rbenton@sacbee.com

    Pearl Harbor veteran Durrell Conner, above, reflects after receiving a flag Friday at the state Department of Veterans Affairs’ Medal of Honor Hall in Sacramento. Below, Peggy Walker-Conner enters the ceremony with her husband, flanked by a Naval JROTC Cadet Honor Guard.

  • Randall Benton / rbenton@sacbee.com

    Pete Juhos photographs a ceremony to honor Pearl Harbor veteran Durrell Conner at the Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) Medal of Honor Hall in Sacramento on Friday, March 7, 2014.

  • Randall Benton / rbenton@sacbee.com

    Durrell Conner points to a photograph of himself raising the US flag on the USS California during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

A reunion seven decades in the making

Published: Friday, Mar. 7, 2014 - 11:27 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014 - 12:53 am

On Dec. 7, 1941, 23-year-old Yeoman 2nd Class Durrell Conner was aboard the USS California when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

After the attack, Conner and another sailor noticed the ship’s American flag on the deck, and they raised it.

That flag is believed to be the one that hangs permanently in California Department of Veterans Affairs’ Medal of Honor Hall, above.

Conner came to see the flag for the first time in more than 70 years and was honored Friday at a ceremony at which Assemblyman Rocky Chávez and Sen. Mark Wyland gave him an American flag that has flown over the state Capitol.



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