U.S. Navy celebrates 241st birthday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Dozens of local veterans and families celebrated the United States Navy’s 241st birthday.

Although the actual birthday was Thursday, former sailors celebrated Saturday at the Hotel Elegante.

Pearl Harbor survivor Lieutenant Jim Downing also attended the festivities. At 103-years-old, he is the second oldest Pearl Harbor survivor.

downing“I mentioned that my reactions during the attack were surprise and then anger and fear and there was pride at the way the people untrained got leadership, really did a magnificent job,” said Downing.

Downing served 24 years in the Navy before retiring. He lives in Colorado Springs.


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