Pearl Harbor survivor gets heroic send-off

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Milton Mapou sat in a wheelchair in the lobby of the John Glenn International Airport as a team of people gathered to give him a grand send-off.

“Last night I was up all night,” said Mapou. “I haven't slept in almost a week through the night!”

The 95-year old Navy veteran is traveling back to Pearl Harbor for the 75th Anniversary of the attack.

“Bring back a lot of memories,” he said while thinking of what it will be like to revisit the battlegrounds.

Mapou hasn’t been back to Pearl Harbor since 1945 when he was moved to California to recover from a World War II injury. He proudly dotes 10 Battle Stars and two Purple Hearts.

More than 7 decades later, the United Service Organizations, also known as USO planned a send-off for Mapou as he prepared for his flight Saturday morning.

Mapou will be among the survivors honored in Hawaii with daily ceremonies and events.

“Go see where my ship was tied up. Take a few pictures there, then go to the Arizona Memorial,” said Mapou when asked what he looked forward to the most.

Mapou is one of about 2,000 who survived the attacks and is still living. Another nearly 2,300 Americans were killed.