Dozens of WWII veterans to gather in Hawaii amid pandemic

  • FILE - General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander, and General Wainwright, who surrendered to the Japanese after Bataan and Corregidor, witness the formal Japanese surrender signatures aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945. Several dozen aging U.S. veterans, including some who were in Tokyo Bay as swarms of warplanes buzzed overhead and nations converged to end World War II, will gather on the battleship in Pearl Harbor in September to mark the 75th anniversary of Japan's surrender. (AP Photo, File)

  • FILE - Gen. Douglas MacArthur signs the Japanese surrender documents on Sept. 2, 1945, aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Standing behind him are Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, left foreground, who surrendered Bataan to the Japanese, and British Lt. Gen. A. E. Percival, next to Wainwright, who surrendered Singapore, as they witness with other American and British officers the ceremony marking the end of World War II. Several dozen aging U.S. veterans, including some who were in Tokyo Bay on the day that ended World War II, will gather on the battleship in Pearl Harbor in September to mark the 75th anniversary of Japan's surrender. (U.S. Navy, File)

  • Servicemen, reporters, and photographers perch on the USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, for the onboard ceremony in which Japan surrendered in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II. (AP Photo/File)

  • Japanese surrender signatories arrive on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay Sept. 2, 1945, to participate in surrender ceremonies. (AP Photo/ File)

  • World War II veteran Jerry Pedersen, a Marine aboard the USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, and watched the Japanese surrender. (75th WWII Commemoration Committee/Pedersen family via AP)

  • The USS Missouri Memorial is shown in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Aug. 11, 2020. Several dozen aging U.S. veterans, including some who were in Tokyo Bay as swarms of warplanes buzzed overhead and nations converged to end World War II, will gather on the battleship in Pearl Harbor in September to mark the 75th anniversary of Japan's surrender. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

PEARL HARBOR — Several dozen aging U.S. veterans, including some who were in Tokyo Bay as swarms of warplanes buzzed overhead and nations converged to end World War II, will gather on a battleship in Pearl Harbor next month to mark the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender, even if it means the vulnerable group may be risking their lives again amid the coronavirus pandemic.