Decade later, Japanese victims honored

HONOLULU — Nine boys and men who died when a Navy submarine collided with their Japanese fishing vessel were honored and remembered in a service Wednesday marking the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy.

Family members bowed their heads and observed a moment of silence at 1:43 p.m. —the time when the USS Greeneville surfaced beneath and rammed the Ehime Maru on Feb. 9, 2001, off Oahu.

"Even though I cannot describe how the last 10 years have been to us, when I come here... and see this magnificent ocean it makes my heart calm," said Tatsuyoshi Mizuguchi, who lost his 17-year-old son and spoke for the families.

"I believe that the nine spirits who rest here feel less lonely and are comforted by them," Mizuguchi said. "I am so grateful for all of you who help us heal our pain and grief with your warm support and love."