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Oldest Pearl Harbor Veteran Throws 1st Pitch at Padres Game

Padres honor a pair of WW II heroes on Sunday

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    The oldest survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor threw the ceremonial first pitch Sunday before the San Diego Padres game at Petco Park.

    Raymond Chavez, 103, who served on the U.S. Navy coastal minesweeper USS Condor, was joined by Jack Paris, who served on the U.S. Navy battleship USS Colorado and was on it in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered to end World War II.

    Chavez threw his pitch to reliever Kevin Quackenbush while Paris threw his to coach Dave Roberts. The crowd of more than 30,000 gave both men a standing ovation for their effort and to thank them for their service.

    The Padres have a longstanding tradition of honoring the Military at home games on Sundays.

    The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Padres 10-3, hampering their attempt to sweep their third series this season and second in a row.