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The Army recognizes one of its own

A small, unofficial gesture on Saturday at Camp Rilea for a Pearl Harbor survivor

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 11, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on September 11, 2017 9:57AM

A member of the Army stationed at Camp Rilea shakes the hand of Spurgeon D. Keeth on Saturday during an event to recognize his service in the armed forces during World War II.

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A member of the Army stationed at Camp Rilea shakes the hand of Spurgeon D. Keeth on Saturday during an event to recognize his service in the armed forces during World War II.

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Spurgeon D. Keeth, right, an Army veteran and survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, speaks with service members stationed at Camp Rilea on Saturday during a luncheon to recognize his years of service in the military.

Colin Murphey/The Daily Astorian Spurgeon D. Keeth, right, an Army veteran and survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, speaks with service members stationed at Camp Rilea on Saturday during a luncheon to recognize his years of service in the military.

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Spurgeon D. Keeth, left, cracks jokes with Army personnel at Camp Rilea on Saturday during a lunch event attended by about 20 people to recognize his service in the military. Keeth was stationed on the island of Oahu during the Pearl Harbor attacks by Japanese forces.

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Spurgeon D. Keeth, left, cracks jokes with Army personnel at Camp Rilea on Saturday during a lunch event attended by about 20 people to recognize his service in the military. Keeth was stationed on the island of Oahu during the Pearl Harbor attacks by Japanese forces.

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Spurgeon D. Keeth, left, speaks with members of the Army at Camp Rilea on Saturday. Service members gathered for a luncheon to recognize Keeth’s service during World War II and to hear about his experience surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Spurgeon D. Keeth, left, speaks with members of the Army at Camp Rilea on Saturday. Service members gathered for a luncheon to recognize Keeth’s service during World War II and to hear about his experience surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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WARRENTON — Sometimes, the small gestures matter most.

A staffer at the Port Light Cafe at Camp Rilea organized an informal lunch on Saturday afternoon to honor Spurgeon D. Keeth, 92, an Army veteran who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II.

Keeth shared a few words with his Army brothers and sisters two days before Monday’s anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.







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