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WWII Veteran Bill Kennedy's Ashes Will Return To Pearl Harbor

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OWEGO, N.Y. -

The last remaining Pearl Harbor survivor in Tioga County passed away in February at age 96. Fellow veterans say Bill Kennedy's empty chair at the Owego Memorial Day ceremony was a reminder of the friend they lost.

"I looked down, there was no Bill Kennedy," says Jim Raftis, Memorial Day Chair.

Over the years, Kennedy has spoken a lot about his memories from the attack on Pearl Harbor. Back in 2016, he told Fox 40, "Somebody hollered 'Japs!' and everybody scattered, but how do you scatter twenty-six hundred guys?"

Kennedy heard that first bomb hit. He remembers everyone looking for cover, but there was none. The 20 year old somehow survived out in the open. His family will return his ashes to Pearl Harbor later this summer.