Pearl Harbor Day came to Seaside with a remembrance of Spurgeon Keeth, the county’s last survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on American ships in the Pacific. Twelve ships were sunk or beached and nine suffered damage. Almost 2,000 Navy personnel were killed in the attack, with 109 Marines, 233 Army personnel and 48 civilians among the casualties.

Keeth’s daughter, Donna Barnett, and great-granddaughter Tayler Ford tossed the ceremonial wreath into the Necanicum River in honor of Keeth, who died on Dec. 28, 2017.

Barnett and Ford were escorted by Bud Thompson and Steve Gibson members of the American Legion Post 99 executive board. Gibson served as guest speaker at the remembrance, joined by speakers Deborah Boone, Mayor Jay Barber, Seaside Police Chief Dave Ham and Lt. Bruce Holt.

A bugler played Taps as a U.S. Coast Guard flew overhead, and the family of Spurgeon Keeth paid a final remembrance to their loved one.


R.J. Marx is editor of the Seaside Signal and Cannon Beach Gazette, and covers South County for The Daily Astorian. Reach him at 971-320-4557 or

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