Pearl Harbor survivor rides in his first Veterans Day Parade

Nov 12, 2014 11:49 AM by Joe Moeller

Floats, cars, and Veterans all in red white and blue, lined the streets of Oroville for Veteran's Day. People showing their appreciation yelling, waving, and thanking all those who have served. The very end of the parade held a special place, for a man with a powerful story of his own.

"Hi there." says Veteran Lou Schuyler.

A 93-year-old American hero, sitting on his very own float, sharing memories of his days in the service.

"They blocked the harbor, and they got out of the harbor just in time." says Schuyler.

Veteran Lou Schuyler, still wears his Pearl Harbor medal proudly. A man who witnessed the tragedy first-hand, in Hawaii on d December 7th, 1941.

Originally from Boston, Schuyler now lives in Oroville and is the oldest volunteer on the Sheriff's Team of Active Retired Seniors of Butte County, also known as S.T.A.R.S.

"This is the first parade he has ever been in." says S.T.A.R.S. Lt. Cheryl Clark.

Having never been in a Veterans Day parade before, his fellow volunteers decided to make this all happen.

"We decided we need to honor Lou for his service and for what transpired in his life because there is not really very many Pearl Harbor survivors left in our country."

Schuyler says he didn't do it to be a hero. He did it for his country.

"I never expected something like this here."

Clark says this is what Schuyler deserves.

"I think he has been a hidden secret so it was exciting for me to share him with the public today and share him with Oroville."

A man who witnessed history, now shares history with people passing by, thanking other Veterans throughout the day.


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