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Man to drive from Mid-Michigan to San Francisco to honor grandfather

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Michael Hill loves the sound of his 2009 Pontiac G8 GT, better known to him as Project Pearl Harbor.

"Yeah that's my baby,” Hill said. “Listen to it".

He loves the legacy his grandfather left – even more.

Hill's grandfather served onboard the USS San Francisco and was a Pearl Harbor survivor.

"It means a lot to me because my grandfather gave his life as a celebrated solider," Hill said.

Today, Hill has parked this ride at the Great Lakes National Cemetery. His grandfather Arthur Carl Bieske died in May 2004. To honor his life, Hill will be driving to the USS San Francisco memorial for Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 2015.

He’s starting on Nov. 30.

“I'm doing this is memory of my grandfather, and this a way to honor him and others,” Hill said.

Officer Bieske was a decorated officer and the more than 2,400 miles his grandson will travel is worth it for a man who left a legacy  for many to follow.

“This is the most I can do,” Hill said. “I never could serve because of asthma and a missing finger, but I can drive.”

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