Thursday's HOT MIC
There were twenty survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago who gathered at the USS Arizona memorial to pay homage to the 2300 U.S. citizens who lost their lives that day.
They are getting fewer every year. No one knows how many survivors of the attack are left alive, but the best estimate from the experts is less than 2,000.
As always, the most poignant remembrances are from sailors who served on on ships attacked by Japanese bombers and torpedo planes.
Herbert Elfring remembered hearing bombs explode and first thought the explosions were U.S. training exercises.
Then a fighter plane with Japan's World War II Rising Sun insignia strafed the Camp Makaole base where Elfring, 19 at the time, was serving. The bullets missed him by about 15 feet (5 meters).
"When I looked up and saw the red ball on the fuselage I knew it wasn't our plane," he said. "I knew it was a Japanese plane."
The Jackson, Michigan man is now 95 and said returning to Pearl Harbor for the anniversary of the attack makes him feel special because he's one of the few remaining survivors.
"I have one of those caps that says 'Pearl Harbor Survivor' on it," he said. "It's amazing how many people come up and thank me for my service.
Add my name to those who thank you for serving, Mr. Elfring.