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Ski Biernacki and Wally Walling: Return to Pearl Harbor

Ski Biernacki and Wally Walling: Return to Pearl Harbor

Chester “Ski” Biernacki of Jamestown and Wally Walling of Valley Springs were among some 90 survivors who returned in December to Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack. Walling has attended every anniversary since 2003, but it was Biernacki’s first. Writer Chace Anderson accompanied Biernacki to Oahu and visited with Walling while there.

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Pearl Harbor: New Friends Share Moment in History

Pearl Harbor: New Friends Share Moment in History

Jamestown resident and Pearl Harbor survivor Chester “Ski” Biernacki, 94, was aboard the USS Helena and only 400 yards from Wally Walling during the Japanese attack (see Summer 2014  story, From Pearl Harbor to Kula Gulf: A Survivor’s Story). A

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Wally Walling: Witness to History

Pearl Harbor Survivor Wally Walling: Witness to History

Wally Walling was just 20 when he witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and its horrific aftermath. Now 95, he is one of few survivors who saw firsthand the toll of that day and of six Pacific invasions that followed.

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FAN Reader Reunites Pearl Harbor Survivors

FAN Reader Reunites Pearl Harbor Survivors

When Cheri Shirey of Ione read how Ski Biernacki and the USS Helena survived a Japanese torpedo attack at Pearl Harbor (Friends and Neighbors, Summer 2014 issue), something sounded familiar. Shirey, 65, sent the story to her good friend Shirley

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From Pearl Harbor to Kula Gulf: A Survivor’s Story

From Pearl Harbor to Kula Gulf: A Survivor’s Story

Chester “Ski” Biernacki survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor aboard the stricken USS Helena. It was a close call for the 19-year-old sailor – and it was just the beginning.

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