MU2 Ira "Ike" Schab was in Band 13 aboard the USS Dobbin in Pearl Harbor when our country came under attack on December 7, 1941. His family is asking for help to allow him to return for this year's Pearl Harbor Day ceremonies.
They've created a GoFundMe page, hoping to raise $3,000 to help cover expenses for the trip from the mainland. Ike is 102 years old and will need family and caregiver support for the journey.
He's been back to Pearl before: the video clip below shows Petty Officer Schab conducting the Pacific Fleet Band. The trip was important to Ike and his family and equally so to the members of the Pacific Fleet Band. If you've ever had the honor of meeting an MU who was in Pearl Harbor on that Day of Infamy, you understand the meaning of the term "living history lesson."
You can help our shipmate return to Pearl Harbor one more time by visiting this GoFundMe page.