Pearl Harbor book signing sells out before event begins



Posted on November 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 2:13 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Books sold out before a Pearl Harbor book signing in Downtown Spokane even began on Veterans Day.

A crowd gathered at Auntie’s Bookstore on Monday morning as Pearl Harbor survivors helped raise money for Honor Flight. The group signed copies of ‘Radioman.’

The book, ‘Radioman,’ is about Spokane native, Ray Daves, who was also at Pearl Harbor during the attack.

WATCH: Local war hero Ray Daves laid to rest

World War II veteran, Ray Garland, was among the veterans signing copies of the book. He told KREM 2 News that December 7, 1941 is a day he will never forget. It was the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese.

Garland was on the USS Tennessee right next to the USS Arizona when it was attacked.

“I watched the Arizona blow up. There was a lot of concussion. To this day, I have ringing in my ears,” said Garland.

After Pearl Harbor, Garland went on to bomb disposal school in Washington D.C. but his time there was limited. He eventually traveled to  Washington, D.C. with Inland Northwest Honor Flight to see the memorial built in honor of WWII veterans.

97-year-old Bud Garvin is among the dying generation that will remember Pearl Harbor.

"I'm the oldest member of this group...but I look the youngest of course,” said Garvin.

Garvin was serving in the Army when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He said the most difficult part is knowing so many of his comrades did not survive.

He is honored so many people came out Monday afternoon to remember them.

“It was amazing when I saw the crowd we honored with their presence and I'm anxious to see each one of them and shake their hand,” said Garvin.

Garvin and six other members of the Spokane Pearl Harbor Survivors group had a front row seat to the release of Radioman.

The author of the book, Carol Edgemon-Hipperson, promised Ray Daves on his death bed that she would finish the books. She said she has been overwhelmed by the response.

“I think it's just further proof in the fact we Americans are inspired by their service and I'm glad everybody gets it,” said Edgemon-Hipperson.

Garvin summed up Pearl Harbor simply.

“It was important for us to be there,” said Garvin.

 In 2002 there were approximately 100 members of the Spokane Pearl Harbor Survivors group. There are only seven left as of November 2013.