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Pearl Harbor survivor honored by local students


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  • Stephanie Ingersoll   |   Queen Creek Unified School District

Pearl Harbor Survivor

On Sunday, December 13th, a handful of students from the Queen Creek Unified School District helped honor an Arizona Pearl Harbor survivor!

Jack Holder is one of three Pearl Harbor survivors left in our state. Sunday was his 99th birthday!

To celebrate his big day, Jack was taken for a flight in a WWI plane.

When he landed at the Stellar Airpark in Chandler, the students greeted him by waving American flags and singing happy birthday. 

Jack is the focus of an upcoming documentary called Holder of History: the Jack Holder story. The documentary crew organized Jack’s celebration.

“Jack is an American hero. We must never forget his story,” said Mrs. Thompson. “I am thankful that Queen Creek students had the opportunity to honor Jack by being a part of his birthday celebration.”

Jack has spoken several times at Queen Creek schools. Typically, he visits around Veterans Day to share his story. You can view a message from Jack to QCUSD here.

Inviting Jack to visit QCUSD is just one of many ways that the District encourages patriotism among students and staff.  

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Jack Holder is one of three Pearl Harbor survivors left in our state. Photo courtesy Queen Creek Unified School District