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15th Wing celebrates the life of a Sky Warrior lost

Staff Sgt. Rachel Wilson, U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific vocalist, sings the national anthem during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bates enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1940 and was stationed at Hickam Field during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Staff Sgt. Rachel Wilson, U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific vocalist, sings the national anthem during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bates enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1940 and was stationed at Hickam Field during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing commander, gives the opening comments during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. The memorial service gave Airmen an opportunity to recognize and remember Bates, and his actions during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing commander, gives the opening comments during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. The memorial service gave Airmen an opportunity to recognize and remember Bates, and his actions during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing commander, gives the opening comments during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. The memorial service gave Airmen an opportunity to recognize and remember Bates, and his actions during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing commander, gives the opening comments during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. The memorial service gave Airmen an opportunity to recognize and remember Bates, and his actions during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Jessie Higa, a Hickam Field historian, expresses the importance of remembering the past during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bates was a survivor of the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, and was an active member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association until his death in 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Jessie Higa, a Hickam Field historian, expresses the importance of remembering the past during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bates was a survivor of the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, and was an active member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association until his death in 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

The 15th Wing Honor Guard performs a flag folding ceremony during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bates was stationed at Hickam Field during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, and went on to serve in the Pacific war front with the Army Air Forces in Eastern Mandates, Guadalcanal, Guam, Palau, Luzon, and the Southern Philippines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

The 15th Wing Honor Guard performs a flag folding ceremony during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bates was stationed at Hickam Field during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, and went on to serve in the Pacific war front with the Army Air Forces in Eastern Mandates, Guadalcanal, Guam, Palau, Luzon, and the Southern Philippines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing commander, gives an American Flag to Bob Harris, during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Harris is the closest living member to Bates, who was a survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing commander, gives an American Flag to Bob Harris, during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Harris is the closest living member to Bates, who was a survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates’ hat sits on display with his remains during a memorial service held for him, at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bate’s remains were turned over to Jessie Higa, a Hickam Field historian, by a family friend in Nov. 2018 as part of Bate’s final wishes to be returned to Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates’ hat sits on display with his remains during a memorial service held for him, at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bate’s remains were turned over to Jessie Higa, a Hickam Field historian, by a family friend in Nov. 2018 as part of Bate’s final wishes to be returned to Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Staff Sgt. Rachel Wilson, U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific vocalist, sings the national anthem during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bates enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1940 and was stationed at Hickam Field during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

15th Wing celebrates the life of a Sky Warrior lost

Staff Sgt. Rachel Wilson, U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific vocalist, sings the national anthem during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bates enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1940 and was stationed at Hickam Field during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Staff Sgt. Rachel Wilson, U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific vocalist, sings the national anthem during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bates enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1940 and was stationed at Hickam Field during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing commander, gives the opening comments during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. The memorial service gave Airmen an opportunity to recognize and remember Bates, and his actions during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing commander, gives the opening comments during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. The memorial service gave Airmen an opportunity to recognize and remember Bates, and his actions during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing commander, gives the opening comments during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. The memorial service gave Airmen an opportunity to recognize and remember Bates, and his actions during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing commander, gives the opening comments during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. The memorial service gave Airmen an opportunity to recognize and remember Bates, and his actions during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Jessie Higa, a Hickam Field historian, expresses the importance of remembering the past during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bates was a survivor of the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, and was an active member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association until his death in 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Jessie Higa, a Hickam Field historian, expresses the importance of remembering the past during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bates was a survivor of the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, and was an active member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association until his death in 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

The 15th Wing Honor Guard performs a flag folding ceremony during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bates was stationed at Hickam Field during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, and went on to serve in the Pacific war front with the Army Air Forces in Eastern Mandates, Guadalcanal, Guam, Palau, Luzon, and the Southern Philippines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

The 15th Wing Honor Guard performs a flag folding ceremony during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bates was stationed at Hickam Field during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, and went on to serve in the Pacific war front with the Army Air Forces in Eastern Mandates, Guadalcanal, Guam, Palau, Luzon, and the Southern Philippines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing commander, gives an American Flag to Bob Harris, during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Harris is the closest living member to Bates, who was a survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing commander, gives an American Flag to Bob Harris, during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Harris is the closest living member to Bates, who was a survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates’ hat sits on display with his remains during a memorial service held for him, at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bate’s remains were turned over to Jessie Higa, a Hickam Field historian, by a family friend in Nov. 2018 as part of Bate’s final wishes to be returned to Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates’ hat sits on display with his remains during a memorial service held for him, at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bate’s remains were turned over to Jessie Higa, a Hickam Field historian, by a family friend in Nov. 2018 as part of Bate’s final wishes to be returned to Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Staff Sgt. Rachel Wilson, U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific vocalist, sings the national anthem during a memorial service held for retired Master Sgt. Byram Bates at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 12, 2019. Bates enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1940 and was stationed at Hickam Field during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)