Husband Kimmel remembered on Pearl Harbor anniversary

December 7, 1941 is known as a date which will live in infamy, and a Henderson native played a crucial role at Pearl Harbor. Some feel he was the scapegoat for the Japanese attack.

A local group is working to restore his name.

Husband Kimmel was in command of the US Navy Pacific Fleet when Japan attacked.

He was quickly demoted from his rank and blamed for the disaster.

Last year, a statue was placed at the Henderson riverfront near the Four Flags at Audubon Mill Park.

The Henderson War Memorial Foundation believes information wasn't relayed to Pearl Harbor that could have helped defend the raid.

Mac Neel with the Henderson War Memorial Foundation said, "He was a very very brilliant scholar. He was valedictorian of his graduating class at Henderson High School at the time. Then, he went on to the Naval Academy. He was waiting, we understand, for appointment to the Military Academy, but that didn't happen, so he decided to go Navy. He moved up the ranks fast and very impressive."

The War Memorial Foundation expects the US government to exonerate Kimmel.

The foundation believes it could happen as soon as Thursday.

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(This story was originally published December 7, 2017)

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