In 1982, Captain Bert Earnest and Commander Harry Ferrier attended an event to commemorate the
40th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The guest of honor was George Gay, the lone survivor of the
doomed Torpedo Squadron 8 off USS Hornet (CV- 8). Gay talked about the battle and his lost squadron
mates. Eventually, an attendee noticed Earnest standing nearby and asked him who he was.
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