World War II Veteran Speaks About Pearl Harbor

By Madeline Shine - 21 Alive

December 7, 2013 Updated Dec 8, 2013 at 12:24 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21 alive)-- A local man shares his story at Pearl Harbor 72 years ago.

Dec. 7, 1941, a date that will live in infamy, President Roosevelt once said.

Now 72 years later, the United States recalls the attack on Pearl Harbor that left thousands of people dead and a nation torn to pieces.

Doc Munger, now 95-years-old, served as Chief Medical Corpsman at the age of 22 when the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor.

He recalls the bombing as if it happened just yesterday.

"We heard a buzzing noise from the north like a big bunch of bees, it was the Jap planes that had started to come from the carriers," Munger said.

The Sunday morning started out like any other day but within minutes everything changed, and would forever change the history of the United States.

"The planes were coming in and they came in over our head and started bombing the harbor, and that was quite a shock to everybody, everybody probably has a different take on it but for a while you don't know whether you’re seeing the real thing, or something different."

When the attack happened, Doc and his men thought it was just a regular drill, but the bombs left a startling impact as it detonated hundreds of feet away from where they were standing.

"When the bombs hit they startled like that and you didn't know whether to run for cover. I’d say you were lost for what to do.”

The bombing of one of the navy ships is something Doc says he will never forget.

"A whole ship went up into more or less a white hot flame, and that sticks in my memory, I can still see the whole deal on that one, and that’s going to be with me for the rest of my days, I’m sure of that."

Doc recalls working on casualties for 19-days straight after the attack. It wasn't until a month went by that those working at Pearl Harbor could take a deep breath.

Two years after the attack doc was able to return home to his family, but now living a civilian life for almost 70 years, he hopes Pearl Harbor is always remembered.

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