Photograph of the Re-interment Ceremony of Pearl Harbor Hero, Navy Petty Officer First Class Daniel Thornburg Griffin, 1947 37

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Artifact is: Photograph

Located at: Pikes Peak Library District

This artifact is significant to: Nation

Artifact description:

This artifact is a black and white photograph taken by photojournalist Stan Payne of the Colorado Springs Gazette. It appeared on the front page of the newspaper on Saturday, 18 October 1947.

Why is this artifact significant?:

This photograph captures the re-interment ceremony of Navy Petty Officer First Class Daniel Thornburg Griffin of Colorado Springs. Griffin attended Colorado Springs High School before he joined the Navy. On the morning of December 7, 1941 he was on duty with his PBY Catalina in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii Territory and was killed during the Japanese attack that morning. He was first buried in Hawaii in December 1941 and was returned to Colorado Springs in October 1947. Daniel T. Griffin was the first Coloradoan killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, and is very likely the first American killed during the attack. This artifact is significant to the nation, the state of Colorado, and the City of Colorado Springs.

How does the artifact relate to Colorado history?:

Daniel T. Griffin was the first Coloradoan killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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