PEARL HARBOR (HawaiiNewsNow) - Four of the remaining nine survivors of the USS Arizona recalled the chaos, destruction and death they witnessed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
"There was no place for safety," John Anderson said.
Anderson was preparing for an on board church service the morning of December 7, 1941. After the ship exploded and as it burned he helped others to safety.
So did Louis Conter. The 93-year-old said he has shared his Pearl Harbor story with 15,000 students in his hometown.
"It's important to remember Pearl Harbor. God bless America!" he said.
Donald Stratton and Lauren Bruner escaped from the front of the burning ship.
"It was a terrible day," Stratton said.
Bruner and Conter have made arrangements to have their remains interred with their comrades in a section of the USS Arizona.
"I hope a lot of people come to the Arizona. And we'll be there to see them," Bruner said.
The four, all in their 90s, are reuniting in Hawaii to participate in the 73rd anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.