Congressman Jodey Arrington Meets Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor

WASHINGTON, D.C. -According to a press release, Congressman Jodey Arrington had a surprise on his flight back to Washington, D.C. from Lubbock: the nation's oldest known Pearl Harbor survivor, Lt. Jim Downing.

The press release states that when he was 28-years-old, Lt. Downing was serving as a gunner's first mate and postmaster.  Arriving to the harbor just minutes after the attack had begun, Downing climbed aboard his sinking ship and began to help the wounded onboard. The ship had been struck by nine torpedoes.

 Congressman Arrington had this to say about the meeting with Lt. Jim Downing:

"Lt. Downing exemplifies the best of the American spirit, and embodies John 15:13, ‘Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.’ God bless all of the men and women in the military who protect our country and are willing to lay down their lives to serve their fellow countrymen!"


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