The Imperial Japanese Navy struck without warning on December 7, 1941, leaving 3700 casualties in their wake. It was a terrible, devastating day.
This is Us interviewed a dozen Bay Area veterans of the Pearl Harbor attack. They told remarkable stories. The men revealed how they came to be at Pearl Harbor that day, their experience in the battle and how and why they survived. They tell of Japanese aircraft flying so close, they could see the rivets on the plane and the glint of a pilot's teeth, of diving into flaming, oil covered waters, narrow escapes, lucky breaks and last minute changes that removed them from harm's way.
December 7, 2011, marks the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, an unprecedented event that drew the United States into World War II. There are less than 1,400 veterans of that battle still living. Most are more than 90 years old.
This is Us spoke to a dozen local Pearl Harbor Survivors, who recounted how their lives were changed forever on the morning of December 7, 1941 when the sea turned to flame, ships were sunk and friends were lost. Old men who were once young warriors recall "a date which will live in infamy" in this clip from our Pearl Harbor Special. You can see the whole program on KQED Plus (Comcast 10) December 7 at 7pm.
Profile on Dr. Masako Miura an internee and physician at Manzanar Relocation Camp in 1942. Born and raised in California, Dr. Miura graduated from USC Medical School shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Her entire family was interned at Manzanar, and she was one of the few physicians that could offer medical help to the people held behind barbed wire.