A Pearl Harbor survivor's storyUPDATED 7:30 PM HST Dec 06, 2013Video Transcript
mark 72 year since the attack on Pearl Harbor. Seven decades may have passed, but for two men who survived that day, the memories never fade. They shared their stories with KITV-4's Yunji de Nies. For Ray Emory a walk along this pier, is a walk into history... his own, and the nation's. A TORPEDO PLANE WAS COMING DOWN THE CHANNEL HERE, AND HE DROPPED HIS TORPEDO JUST ABOUT WHERE THAT SHIP IS. Emory was 19, a gun striker aboard the USS Honolulu on that fateful December morning. use photo of ray here He heard alarm sound, went on top side...and saw fire in the sky. FIRST THOUGHT THAT CAME TO MY MIND WAS, WHO DECLARED WAR ON WHO AND WHERE DID THEY COME FROM TO GET HERE SO FAST. He sprung into action, loading his machine gun and opening fire. THE FIRST ROUND THAT I FIRED, THE BOLT DIDN'T COME BACK, SO I HAD TO PULL THE BOLT BACK MANUALLY, THIS DROPPED ON DECK I REACHED OVER, PICKED IT UP AND STUCK IT IN MY HIP POCKET. IT'S BEEN THERE EVER SINCE. Just a few hundred yards away, high up in that signal tower, Delton Walling was unsure of what he was seeing. STILL HASN'T HIT US. THEN THE BOMBS HIT THE RUNWAY, NOW WE KNOW, WE'RE AT WAR WITH THE JAPANESE. Walling had already sacrificed so much just to be here...when he joined the Navy, he was turned away because of an injured finger. I SAID, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET IN THIS GREAT NAVY? HE SAID CUT IT OFF. AND I SAID FINE, YOUR EXPENSE OR MINE? That's how badly he wanted to enlist. From the tower that December morning, just one word comes to mind. 849 CHAOS 816 IN THE FIRST 15 MINUTES YOU HAD THE UTAH DOWN, YOU HAD THE OKLAHOMA DOWN, THE CALIFORNIA SINKING821// 825 THE WEST VIRGINIA'S BEEN HIT AT LEAST 8 TORPEDOS, ALL OF THE BATTLEWAGONS THAT'S INSIDE, THE TENNESEAN AND THE MARYLAND, THEY JUST TOOK BOMBS. 834 Walling was part of the communication force - reporting everything he saw back to the admiral. WE'RE TALKING TO THE ADMIRAL, BACK AND FORTH ON WHAT WE KNOW IS GOING ON, AND DOING THE BEST WE CAN GIVING HIM THE INFORMATION BECAUSE WE'RE LOOKING DOWN ON EVERYTHING. As night fell across these waters, an eerie sight. 1106 TOTAL DARKNESS. TOTAL DARKNESS, THE ONLY LIGHT, LIKE I SAY, WAS THE ARIZONA BURNING. 1110 Seven decades later, remembering the nearly 2400 Americans lost, the wounds here are still fresh. YOU CAN'T BRING THEM BACK. THE SHIPS THAT SUNK, AND THE DAMAGE HERE, YOU CAN REPAIR SHIPS BUT YOU CAN'T BRING LIVES BACK. Ray Emory has made it his life's work to help identify the unidentified at Punchbowl Cemetery. EACH ONE OF THOSE GRAVE MARKERS AT PUNCHBOWL, GOT A STORY TO TELL. REALLY. Walling, now 92, lives in California. He returns every year for the anniversary of the attack...and one day, he will be laid to rest here. I WANT TO BE WITH MY COMRADES, I WANT TO BE THERE. Reporting from Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickham, Yunji de Nies, KITV4 news. When we come back-- a recap of today's top headlines.