- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - A relic from a Japanese fighter jet used in the attack on Pearl Harbor is headed to a museum after selling for more than $12,000 in an eBay auction.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1iKvjLn ) that a Honolulu attorney bought the item and donated it to the Pacific National Monument.

The relic is a serial number from a Zero fighter that crashed during the attack. The number was stenciled on the plane’s fuselage.

Chief Historian Daniel Martinez of the World War II Valor at the Pacific National Monument says he was surprised by the donation pledge. He has said similar items are rarely donated if they are bought privately.


“I’m just so stunned and speechless, but extremely happy that someone has done something so generous on behalf of his country to have that preserved as part of our national memory,” Martinez said.

Damon Senaha said he bought the item in tribute to his Japanese-American family, including his grandfather, a Japanese immigrant and plantation worker who witnessed the 1941 attack.

His grandfather urged his sons to join the U.S. military after the attack, Senaha said.

“He did say, ‘This is your country. This is what you have to do because the rest of us are shamed,’ ” Damon Senaha said.

The five sons went on to serve, including one with the famous 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a unit of mostly Japanese-Americans in World War II.

The Zero relic is expected to go on display at the USS Arizona Memorial museum.

The piece was consigned to a pawn shop in California, which put it up for sale on the popular auction site.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com