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Jobe Publishing Special Contributor, Criminologist, and Kentucky author, Paula Ratliff is being bestowed with the honor of being chosen as part of the press core for Pearl Harbor. Ratliff is one of approximately 24 news outlets chosen to venture to Hawaii for this week of remembrance.
There is a joint committee that selects the press core which consists of individuals from the Pearl Harbor Museum, the military, the National Park Service, and related organizations. Ratliff says she believes several things helped her and being selected for this privilege.
One of those things is her association with The Epoch Times.
“The Epoch Times is the fastest-growing news source in the world, covering 35 countries in 21 languages. Additionally, they have an amazing website with hourly updates and a TV station. They offer breaking news, on the hour, from around the world. I am honored to be representing them at this event,” she said.
Another factor in route with being chosen was that her story on Kentucky Sailor Howard “Scott” Magers. It was published in the Epoch Times and several articles were published in the JOBE Publishing papers. Eventually, the story was published in Hawaii by the Department of Defense POW/MIA.
“To be selected to be a part of the press core is an absolute honor and a chance of a lifetime,” Ratliff said.
Ratliff will take part in many events related to Pearl Harbor throughout the week, including remembrance services for the USS Nevada, the USS Utah, the 80th Anniversary Ceremony, and the re-internment of the USS Oklahoma “unknowns.”
“This year marks the conclusion of the USS Oklahoma project to identify the 429 “unknowns” who were buried in mass graves. The identification of Scott Magers is because of this project which ultimately brought him home to be buried in Merry Oaks. The project was able to identity 396, leaving only 33as “unknowns.” We know their names and are learning their stories, unfortunately, the DNA could not positively identify them,” Ratliff said. “They will be re-interred in the Punchbowl with full honors.”
In addition, the Navy is going to commission a new ship.
“I have always loved to write and it has always been a part of my life. I love it when an article stirs a reaction, a response, or an emotion in the reader. To me that is the ultimate success of writing” said Ratliff.
“Going to Pearl Harbor is a tremendous opportunity to honor the fallen and the living heroes of Pearl Harbor.”
In addition to spending time with friends and family on the farm in Merry Oaks, Kentucky, Ratliff has authored and co-authored numerous books that stem from her career in criminology, including “Crime Prevention for Houses of Worship.”
She has also been a grant writer, as well as a teacher who has taught online courses and college-level classes.
In 1992, Ratliff received the prestigious Alumni Service Award from the University of Louisville and was inducted into the Southern High School Hall of Fame in 2004 in Louisville, Kentucky.