Pearl Harbor attack survivor remembers the day from afar

HONOLULU (AP) — Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long was alone on an anchored military seaplane in the middle of a bay across the island from Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes started striking Hawaii on December 7, 1941 — watching from afar as the bombs and bullets came closer, eventually reaching and destroying his solitary outpost.

The waves of attacking planes reached his military installation on Kaneohe Bay soon after Pearl Harbor was struck, and the young sailor saw buildings and planes start to explode all around him.

When the gunfire finally reached him, setting the aircraft ablaze, he was forced to jump into the water and swim through fire to safety.

Now, 77 years later, Long will remember that day in Napa, California, where the 97-year-old survivor will reflect on the anniversary and honor those who died.

Associated Press

Associated Press

More News
ABC 21 WEATHER AUTHORITY
Bluffton
42°
Warsaw
43°
Wabash
40°
Kendallville
26°
Angola
39°
Paulding
40°
Van Wert
41°
Portland
44°
Marion
Rain chances increase tomorrow

Rain chances increase tomorrow

Thursday night into Friday begins another chance for rain

Connect With ABC21
Top Stories

Police investigate death at Fort Wayne motel

An investigation is underway after a woman was found dead inside a room at the Regency Inn.

Tampons recalled after reports of performance issues

Kotex is recalling one of its products because of the chance they could unravel or fall apart upon removal.

Former Trump lawyer sentenced to 3 years in prison

President Donald Trump's former lawyer and "fixer," Michael Cohen, said he takes "full responsibility" for the actions that he has

110 positions opening for new Chick-Fil-A in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is getting another Chick-Fil-A, and the company is looking for more team members.

Fort Wayne police looking for help finding person of interest

Police are looking for a person of interest in an ongoing investigation.

Scroll to top
Skip to content