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Remembering a Pearl Harbor Hero

Navy Lt. survivor Jim Downing, 104, was a confident of presidents and a star of national television who loved sharing his memories with children and giving to the community of Colorado Springs. He died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2014. Photos by The Gazette photo staff

Jim Downing, left, helps fellow Pearl Harbor survivor Bill Browning to his seat Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011,  during the 70th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Observance in Colorado Springs' Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Jim Downing, left, helps fellow Pearl Harbor survivor Bill Browning to his seat Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, during the 70th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Observance in Colorado Springs' Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing got a birthday surprise from the nurses and techs at the Wound Healing Center with Memorial Health Systems during his regular visit on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. They had a mini party for his 100th birthday with cupcakes, singing and noisemakers. Downey had another party to attend on his actual birthday, Thursday, at The Navigators Headquarters. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

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Retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing, 104,  speaks at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Downing is the second oldest surviving veteran of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The university's Gerontology Club sponsored the event as an opportunity to support their mission of bridging the gap between the younger and older generations. The club meets Fridays at 2:30 pm. in room 304 in the University Center.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing, 104, speaks at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Downing is the second oldest surviving veteran of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The university's Gerontology Club sponsored the event as an opportunity to support their mission of bridging the gap between the younger and older generations. The club meets Fridays at 2:30 pm. in room 304 in the University Center. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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JIM DOWNING GIVEAWAY
102-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing handed out Gospel of John pamphlets containing $10 bills Christmas morning, Friday, December 25, 2015 at the R.J. Montgomery Center. This is the fourth year that Downing has handed out cash gifts to the homeless in Colorado Springs and the first year that he was joined by Gaylyn Williams in giving out more than $1,000. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Jim Downing, a 103-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor, poses for photos at Lewis-Palmer Middle School before talking to students on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Downing will head to Pearl Harbor this weekend for the 75th anniversary of the attack. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette

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Retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing visits with Mario Ortivez before the 104-year-old Colorado Springs resident spoke at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Downing is the second oldest surviving veteran of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Ortivez met Downing through his grandmother and asked him to speak to the university's Gerontology Club. The club sponsored the event as an opportunity to support their mission of bridging the gap between the younger and older generations. The club meets Fridays at 2:30 pm. in room 304 in the University Center.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing visits with Mario Ortivez before the 104-year-old Colorado Springs resident spoke at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Downing is the second oldest surviving veteran of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Ortivez met Downing through his grandmother and asked him to speak to the university's Gerontology Club. The club sponsored the event as an opportunity to support their mission of bridging the gap between the younger and older generations. The club meets Fridays at 2:30 pm. in room 304 in the University Center. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing visits with students Alex Blanco and Mikayla Fontenot after the 104-year-old Colorado Springs resident spoke at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Downing is the second oldest surviving veteran of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The university's Gerontology Club sponsored the event as an opportunity to support their mission of bridging the gap between the younger and older generations. The club meets Fridays at 2:30 pm. in room 304 in the University Center.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing visits with students Alex Blanco and Mikayla Fontenot after the 104-year-old Colorado Springs resident spoke at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Downing is the second oldest surviving veteran of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The university's Gerontology Club sponsored the event as an opportunity to support their mission of bridging the gap between the younger and older generations. The club meets Fridays at 2:30 pm. in room 304 in the University Center. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing sits in the audience Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, during the 71st Anniversary Pearl Harbor Observance at Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing sits in the audience Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, during the 71st Anniversary Pearl Harbor Observance at Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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JIM DOWNING PEARL HARBOR
Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing, 98, poses Tuesday, December 6, 2011 in his Colorado Springs home. Mark Reis, The Gazette

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PEARL HARBOR OBSERVANCE
Pearl Harbor survivors Jim Downing, left, and Walter Himmelberg were among 11 Colorado Springs area survivors who attended Sunday's Pearl Harbor Observance ceremony in Memorial Park. Mark Reis, The Gazette

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JIM DOWNING PEARL HARBOR
Photos taken of Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing before the attack in December, 1941. Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Jim Downing, a 103-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor, waits in the gym at Lewis-Palmer Middle School before talking to students on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Downing will head to Pearl Harbor this weekend for the 75th anniversary of the attack. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette

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Retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing holds a Civil War style naval officer's cutlass he was presented during the 24th annual Salute to American Veterans Rally in Cripple Creek on Saturday, August 20, 2016. At 102, Downing, who is a Springs resident, is the oldest known survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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JIM DOWNING GIVEAWAY
102-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing hands Gospel of John pamphlets containing $10 bills to Shane Phillips, 4, and Skylar Laufenberg, 6, Christmas morning, Friday, December 25, 2015 at the R.J. Montgomery Center. This is the fourth year that Downing has handed out cash gifts to the homeless in Colorado Springs and the first year that he was joined by Gaylyn Williams in giving out more than $1,000. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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PEARL HARBOR
Jim Downing, a 103-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor, salutes the Patriot Guard Riders as he enters Lewis-Palmer Middle School to talk to students on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Downing will head to Pearl Harbor this weekend for the 75th anniversary of the attack. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette

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INTERCHANGE DEDICATION
A sign thanking those involved with the The I-25/U.S. 24 interchange stands behind the event that was dedicated to a renowned Pearl Harbor survivor, Lt. Jim Downing at America the Beautiful Park on Friday October 20, 2017 in Colorado Springs. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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