Crowdfunding Campaign Helps Send 101-Year-Old Pearl Harbor Veteran to 80th Anniversary Ceremony

101-year-old Navy veteran Ira Schab’s family started a GoFundMe to help him return to Pearl Harbor where he served the day of the infamous attack. (Twitter / @Ike2Pearl)

An Oregon family has turned to crowdfunding to send their 101-year-old Navy veteran dad back to Pearl Harbor — where he heroically helped fend off Japan’s surprise attack 80 years ago.

Kimberlee Heinrichs’s GoFundMe page had raised nearly $9,000 of its $10,000 goal as of early Saturday.

Her father, Ira “Ike” Schab, was a U.S. Navy musician, assigned to the destroyer USS Dobbin, on the quiet Sunday morning of Dec. 7, 1941, according to Hawaii News Now. He had planned to meet his brother, when Japanese planes began to attack.

“It’s hard what to say the feeling that runs through your mind. You’re scared. You don’t know what’s going to happen next,” Schab told the outlet. “When I realized we were under attack I got busy doing what I was told, passing ammunition and getting that sort of stuff done.”

Schab was just 21 years old on that date which lives in infamy.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Kerry J. Byrne