100-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor recalls attack

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 07:36 PM.

Soon, he was deployed on a Navy hospital ship, the USS Solace, a converted passenger ship, which arrived at Pearl Harbor in November.

He was a 28-year-old lieutenant junior grade and he brought Isabel to the islands, 10 days before the attack.

There were no rumblings of war.

“Everything was peaceful, absolutely no sign that there was a war coming,” he recalled. “That Saturday night, everybody was having parties.”

But, on Sunday morning, shortly before 8 a.m., everything changed.

“The island was under attack and the enemy was presumed to be the Japanese,” he said. Officers and construction engineers were ordered to their stations.

He was at a hotel eight miles away and hitched a ride. He would not see Isabel again for a week.



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