“I was getting ready … I was shaving in the bathroom,” said Cass, who was aboard the USS San Francisco that day. “We heard a lot of planes, which wasn’t out of the ordinary because there were two airfields. When we heard these explosions, we ran out on deck.”

From that vantage point, Cass watched history happen right before his eyes.

“We were dumbfounded. We couldn’t understand,” he said. “It stunned us. Who’s doing this? Eventually we saw the orange…we realized they were Japanese planes.”

He continued: “Right away, our lives had changed.”

All across the country people are remembering the 71st anniversary of the attacks. At the Zephyrhills Museum of Military History, survivors of the attack gathered to reflect on that day.

Source: My Fox 13 Tampa Bay

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