75 years after the attack that drew the United States into World War II, a Central New York native is among those serving in the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor. Seaman Martin Eccleston is responsible for acoustic tracking of submarines at U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters.
The 2011 graduate of Odessa-Montour High School says, “I love the fact that I am tactically responsible for tracking a specific target.” U.S. Pacific Fleet is the world’s largest fleet command, encompassing 100 million square miles and consisting of about 200 ships and submarines, nearly 1,100 aircraft, and more than 140,000 sailors and civilians, according to U.S. Navy officials.
Pearl Harbor itself is home to more than 19,000 U.S. Navy sailors, eleven surface ships, 19 nuclear-powered submarines, and 19 aircraft. 75 years ago today, it was the site of a surprise air attack on U.S. forces by Japan.
The Navy says Eccleston is serving in a part of the world, the Pacific, that’s taking on “new importance in America’s national defense strategy.”
“My family has a long history of military service,” Seaman Eccleston says. “Serving here means carrying on that military tradition, but also the Navy tradition.” Eccleston is from Odessa, a small Schuyler County town between Ithaca and Watkins Glen.