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Veteran and witness to Pearl Harbor tells his story

There are few veterans left who can recall the events of December 7, 1941, and the attack on Pearl Harbor.

KLTV 7's Bob Hallmark has the story of one East Texas man who was there and saw the attack that marked our entrance into World War Two.

It was 67 years ago last Sunday that the neutral status of the United States in World War Two was shattered by the Japanese attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, and 18 year old sailor Ray Flowers of Hallsville was there.

"It was an unbelievable event, because there were so many planes and they were so low and bombs and torpedoes were exploding all around us," said Flowers.

At the time, many believed the air strike was a drill, but Flowers knew better.

"I was very confident it was not a drill. I saw the planes coming. I saw the markings on them. Those planes have the rising sun on them."

One after the other, Flowers saw Battle Row get hammered.

"We had such devastation around us that we were at a loss to think what we really could do. On the south end, we had California and Oklahoma and Maryland."

On this day every year, he remembers the bitter images of an unprovoked attack.

"I see scenes flash before me all the time."

And he hopes Americans won't forget the lesson of Pearl Harbor.

"As time goes by, people tend to ignore the past."

Flowers went on to graduate from Texas Tech and have a long career in civil service.

Bob Hallmark, reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

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