School Honors Madisonville Sailor Killed at Pearl Harbor

Wednesday is the 75th anniversary of the attacks at Pearl Harbor, and a Hopkins County school honors the memory of Lewis Bailey Pride, a Navy ensign from Madisonville who died in the bombing.

His remains were brought home for burial earlier this year.

At the school named after him, students and teachers, honor a part of their heritage.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who serve in uniform," says Madisonville Mayor David Jackson.

A plaque, dedicated to ensign pride, unveiled at the school's entrance. 

"I think it's wonderful. It's a beautiful, beautiful marker," says Laddie Pride, Bailey's second cousin.

Pride was killed during the bombings 75 years ago while as a sailor on the USS Oklahoma. His remains were brought home to rest in Madisonville this past June, after identified through DNA testing.

"I really believe when we brought him back and came home, and we stopped in Nashville....had a little prayer, that he's thanking everyone for it. He really is," says Laddie.

"It will help a lot," adds Patrick Savage, Director of Veteran Outreach for Honor Flight of Southern Indiana. "It's important that the young people remember what their forebarers did for them."

Pride says while the plaque bears his second cousin's name, it's also a tribute to others who served, and serves as a reminder for future generations of what he served for.

"I really believe that he would say 'Thank you for the honor. Thank you for covering it. But don't forget to rest.' I really believe that," Pride says, when asked how he thought Bailey would react to the memorial.


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