Oklahoman recalls Pearl Harbor horrors
Bud Gilbert has lived long enough to see the 75th anniversary of one of the worst days of his life.
Gilbert was in Hawaii serving a three-month temporary duty at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. He wrapped fellow servicemen in blankets as they burned. An explosion knocked him down and broke his jaw.
"It was nothing but mass confusion," Gilbert, now 96 said, in 2009.
Gilbert was interviewed on the anniversary along with Ronald Nee who was in the Army and at Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack. He recalled running for cover as Japanese planes strafed the area around him.
Gilbert still lived in Oklahoma City but Nee died in 2012. He had maintained a registry of all Pearl Harbor survivors living in Oklahoma. At the time of the 2009 anniversary there were 33 Pearl Harbor survivors still alive and living in Oklahoma. The current number isn't known but likely isn't more than a handful.
Of the 16.1 million World War II veterans, only about 1.7 million are alive. It's estimated about 600 die each day.
Most recently USS Oklahoma survivor Ed Vezey died in January at 95. He was the battleship's last survivor still living in Oklahoma.
Here's the rest of Gilbert and Nee's account of that day.