Research reveals new Craighead County ties to Pearl Harbor

Research reveals new Craighead County ties to Pearl Harbor
S1C Charles Eugene Hardin, 2nd Lt. Lonnie Basil Wimberley and S1C Charles C. Sevier

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Craighead County historian Danny Honnoll enjoys doing research. This past year, he discovered three World War II soldiers that had not been previously recognized for their ultimate sacrifice for their country.

S1C Gene Hardin and S1C Charles C. Sevier were killed while on board the USS Arizona.

“Last year, when I was researching, I found the name of a man, Charles Gene Hardin from Monette,” Honnoll said. “He was killed when the Arizona sank and the Japanese attacked.”

Honnoll also found 2nd Lt. Lonnie Basil Wimberley was the first recorded soldier killed in action from Jonesboro.

“As an historian, I have never heard their names brought up in any of the books or quarterlies that I have taken care of,” Honnoll said.

Honnoll is also President of the Craighead County Historical Society. He said that all three men will be remembered at this year’s Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony.

It happens at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, behind the WWI doughboy statue at the Craighead County Courthouse.

Retired Army Sergeant First Class Everett Evans, chairman of this year’s Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony, also will be the keynote speaker. He will describe some interesting vignettes surrounding the history and facts of the events that took place on Dec. 7, 1941.

If you would like to honor a veteran, you can buy a brick for $50 by going to www.craigheadcountyveterans.org.html.

The CCVMF places the bricks in May and November of each year to honor Craighead County Veterans.

For more information, call 870-972-8793.

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