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Pearl Harbor survivor group: We won't disband yet

Dec 6, 2010 9:16:00 PM - thestate.com
The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will continue for at least a while longer.

The group's president, Art Herriford, said Monday that about 100 members voted against disbanding, deciding instead to keep the 52-year-old organization alive.

Herriford, 88, said old age makes it difficult for members to organize their biennial meetings and handle other duties, but they "don't want to throw in the towel right away."

"Some of these old duffers, if you tried to do away with this organization, you'd have them all to fight," Herriford said after the group met in Waikiki a day before the 69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. A vote count was not provided.

Instead, the association planned to shrink a little, so it will have four district directors around the country instead of eight. The move would help it cope with falling revenues as membership declines.