It was a different experience when he flew to Hawaii for the 75th anniversary in 2016, a trip that was paid for by a survivor’s group. ” That Sunday morning was his first day of operational duty with the squadron he had been assigned to about a month earlier. He was tasked with standing watch aboard a seaplane in the bay across the island from Pearl Harbor. The fuel tanks in the wings were hit, and he was quickly surrounded by flames. He gave up on the life jacket and made a run for the rear exit.
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