USS Utah Memorial welcomes home another Pearl Harbor survivor

Dennis Schwarz, a nephew of Pearl Harbor survivor Mine Countermeasure Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Frank Zylowski, scatters ashes during an ash- scattering ceremony at the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island, Jan. 19. Photo by MC2 Katarzyna Kobiljak

MC3 Jessica Blackwell

Navy Public Affairs Support Element Detachment Hawaii

Military members, family and friends gathered to honor Mine Countermeasure Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Frank Zylowski, a Pearl Harbor survivor, in an ash-scattering ceremony at USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Jan. 19.

An ash-scattering service is a traditional ceremony used to honor survivors of the attacks at Pearl Harbor.

A Sailor assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Navy Honors and Ceremonies Detachment present the American flag to Dennis Schwarz, a nephew of Pearl Harbor survivor Mine Countermeasure Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Frank Zylowski, during an ash-scattering ceremony at the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island, Jan. 19.
Photos by MC3 Jessica Blackwell and MC2 Katarzyna Kobiljak

Jim Neuman, Navy Region Hawaii historian, opened up the ceremony with his thoughts on how Zylowski and veterans of his era represented and upheld the Navy Core Values of honor, courage, and commitment.

“Those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, and those like Frank who lived to fight another day throughout the Second World War, exemplified the best in character, discipline and honesty,” Neuman said. “His was a generation that believed in taking care of family and community.”

Dennis Schwarz, Zylowski’s nephew, attended the ceremony and scattered his uncle’s ashes in the waters near the USS Utah Memorial.

A Sailor assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Navy Honors and Ceremonies Detachment present the American flag to Dennis Schwarz, a nephew of Pearl Harbor survivor Mine Countermeasure Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Frank Zylowski, during an ash-scattering ceremony at the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island, Jan. 19.
Photos by MC3 Jessica Blackwell and MC2 Katarzyna Kobiljak

“I was impressed with the service. I’ve never seen anything like that. It was very nice,” Schwarz said.

Bob and Judi Allen, family friends of Zylowski from Kapolei, were also in attendance and assisted in making the ceremony possible.

“It was a perfect ceremony,” Bob Allen said.”There was a rainbow that remained for the entire ceremony. I’ve never seen a rainbow stay in one place for so long. Whoever arranged the rainbow did a great job.”

Retired Master Chief Jim Taylor, Pearl Harbor survivor liaison, spoke of how he viewed Zylowski’s character.

Musician 3rd Class Tyler Reed, assigned to U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, performs Taps on a bugle.

“Frank was a hero. It is my guess Frank, like other veterans, wouldn’t want to be called a hero. [But] they won a war and Frank was a part of that, so he is a hero to me,” Taylor said.

During his Naval career, Zylowski served honorably aboard such ships as the USS Fanning, USS Whitney, USS Jarvis, USS John D. Ford, LST 361 and LST 611. Zylowski passed away February 10, 2010. It was his wish to have his ashes scattered at the USS Utah Memorial with his fellow shipmates who went down with the vessel during the Pearl Harbor attacks.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • RSS

Category: Life & Leisure