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The caption under this photo, which appeared on the front page of the Oct. 18, 1947, Gazette Telegraph, read in part: “A crowd of more than 200 persons attended the military services in Evergreen Cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday for Daniel Thornburg Griffin. Sixteen Navy Reserves acted as a color guard and firing squad. Mrs. Griffin, Colorado’s first Gold Star mother of World War II, is shown, fourth from the right, of the women seated at the grave.” Daniel T. Griffin was Colorado’s first casualty of World War II and very likely was the first American killed in the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Griffin was buried in a mass grave in Hawaii, but he came home in 1947 during a post-war effort to bring home the bodies of those who died in the attack.

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The local chapter of the Navy League will host a ceremony Friday to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Among the expected guests is Donald Stratton, a Colorado Springs Navy veteran who is one of five living survivors from the crew of the USS Arizona.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. inside the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St.

Contact Tom Roeder: 636-0240

Twitter: @xroederx

Senior Military Editor

Tom Roeder is the Gazette's senior military editor. In Colorado Springs since 2003, Tom covers seven military installations in Colorado, including five in the Pikes Peak region. His main job, though, is being dad to two great kids.

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