HONOLULU — In a story Dec. 4 about medals being posthumously awarded to sailors who helped save lives at Pearl Harbor, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Navy, erroneously reported a sailor’s name. His name was Aloysius Schmitt, not Aloysious Schmitt.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Pearl Harbor sailors to be posthumously awarded medals

The Navy plans to posthumously award medals to two men who helped save the lives of their fellow sailors during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU — Two men are being posthumously awarded medals for helping save the lives of their fellow sailors during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Navy said Monday the late Lt. j.g. Aloysius Schmitt is being recognized for sacrificing his own life while helping his shipmates escape their capsizing battleship. The USS Oklahoma chaplain is being awarded the Silver Star.

Chief Boatswain’s Mate Joseph George of the USS Vestal is being awarded the Bronze Star for saving the lives of several sailors from the USS Arizona. George tossed the sailors a rope they used to crawl to safety as flames engulfed the Arizona.

George died in 1996.

The Navy will present their families with the medals on Thursday, the 76th anniversary of the attack.

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