Pearl Harbor Army medic recalls tragic day

Pearl Harbor Army medic recalls tragic day

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - As Hawaii and the rest of the nation remembers and reflects on the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 73 years ago, it's different, more vivid seeing it through the eyes of the greatest generation and hearing what they remember.

"We were getting breakfast and we heard this tremendous roar. We went outside to see what was going on and there must have been 100 planes flying right over our house," said retired Brigadier General Bob Hardaway III, 98.

Hardaway was a medic in the Army during the attack and chief of the trauma center at the hospital here in Honolulu.

"Just as I was going into the hospital, an ambulance came roaring in and I ran over and opened the back door and there were four soldiers in there just blown apart, one was already dead and I knew then that this was a war," Hardaway said.

Doc Hardaway worked all day long on the wounded. That night he said they weren't allowed to turn on the lights. So Hardaway continued to work under a blanket with a flashlight.  After working nonstop until the next morning, Hardaway said he was tired and wanted to rest.  But he heard President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the radio and he said Roosevelt said, "We declare war on Japan."

Hardaway said then they played the Star Spangled Banner and it was the lyrics, "the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there," that he said gave him the strength to go back to work.

Hardaway doesn't recall how many lives he saved in those two days, but he says he would do it all over again if he could.

That is why Bri Musselman says they are called the greatest generation.

"It's something I can never say thank you enough for, but I thank you for your sacrifice that you made then and that you're still making now," Musselman said.

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