SMITH: This Dec. 7, 5 fewer Pearl Harbor vets

More than one-third of the known Pearl Harbor survivors in Sonoma and Lake counties died this past year.

All five recently departed Pearl vets, ages 88 to 94, will be remembered with a tolling of a ship's bell at a memorial Friday at the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Rosa.

It starts with an $8 breakfast at 7:30 a.m., the program following at about 9.

Among the vets who'll be absent but honored Friday:

FRANK SENNELLO: One year ago, the retired teacher toiled to ensure everything was in order for the 70th Anniversary observance of the local Pearl Harbor Survivors Association chapter.

As a large crowd filed into the Vets Building last Dec. 7, the question of the morning became, "Where's Frank?"

The nimble 90-year-old went into a hospital with pneumonia the day before.

For decades, he'd gone into classrooms and told students by the thousands that the greatest impact of Pearl Harbor was that previously divided Americans awoke Dec. 8 unified and eager to defend their country.

The ex-submariner died Jan. 3 at his Larkfield home.

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