Mar 13, 2012 6:29 PM by Matt Stafford

Local WWII, Korea, Vietnam veteran remembered

Family and friends are remembering a Colorado Springs veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Harvey Visnaw died at home on March 7th, services were held Tuesday.

Visnaw served 38 years in the military altogether. He finished boot camp at the age of 17, becoming a Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy; not long before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor - December 7th, 1941. Afterwards, he was sent around the world to serve in the Pacific conflict.

News 5 sat down with Visnaw on the anniversary of V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day) to talk about his experiences. Visnaw told us he worked as a cook on ships during World War II, and that cooks had to work the ship's guns.

Visnaw recalled the moment her heard the news that the Japanese had surrendered, September 2nd, 1945.

"We was so happy; we just all got up and turned every table, every chair upside down on the way out the door," Visnaw said in an interview in September 2011. The comment made him smile.

As listed in his obituary, Visnaw was 87-years-old. He's survived by his wife of almost 60 years, four children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

To see our story with Visnaw from V-J Day 2011, click here.


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