Pearl Harbor survivor Frank Emond of Cantonment celebrated his 104th birthday on Saturday. You can leave your birthday wishes in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page.
Originally from Rhode Island, Emond enlisted in the Navy in 1938 as a musician. He played the French horn for the ship’s orchestra and was even able to perform at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York before being assigned to the USS Emond, CWO4 USN (RET.), spent his career navy as a musician and conductor. He was on the stern of the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) preparing to play the morning “Colors” on his French horn when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Emond then walked to the leader’s stand conductor, took the baton and led the band in “Stars and Stripes”.
After seven years playing the horn, he became a Navy bandleader and retired in 1968.
“I’m pretty much the last (Pearl Harbor survivor) left here,” Emond said during a previous birthday drive to Gonzalez United Methodist Church.
He remained a man of music; occasionally conducting music at Gonzalez Methodist and performing with the Pensacola Civic Band.
Last November, he broke his own Guinness World Record as the “world’s oldest conductor”. At 103, he led the US Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note in Glenn Miller’s iconic “In the Mood” at the American Veteran Center’s “America Valor: A Salute to our Heroes” at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington.
For photos from the 2020 Emond 102nd Anniversary Drive-In Event, click or tap here.
Pictured above: At 103, Pearl Harbor survivor Frank Emond of Cantonment broke his own Guinness World Record as ‘the world’s oldest conductor’ in Washington, DC Pictured Below: Scenes from Frank Emond’s 2020 Drive-In 102nd Birthday Party at Gonzalez United Methodist Church. Photos from NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.