Pearl Harbor Survivor: Remember to 'Be American, I Don't Like the Liberal Stuff'
Pearl Harbor survivor Lester Lindow joined Jenna Lee on "Happening Now" to discuss the 75th anniversary of the attack and what lessons he hopes Americans learn from "a date which will live in infamy."
Lindow, who was aboard the USS Maryland when the Japanese bombs started to fall, is one of more than 100 World War II veterans who have been flown to Hawaii to participate in a week of events honoring their courage and sacrifice.
Lindow had planned to go surfing off Waikiki the morning of December 7, 1941, but when he stepped on the Maryland's quarterdeck, he saw a Japanese airplane approaching.
He ran below deck to his battle station, where he was a gun trainer on a 16-inch battery. During the battle, he was sent to replace the pointer on a 1.1-inch anti-aircraft gun.
The next day, he helped pull some of the more than 2,400 who were killed from the water.
Lindow said he hopes that when Americans reflect on Pearl Harbor, they remember "to be American."
"That's what I like," Lindow said. "I don't like the liberal stuff that's going on now."
Hear more from Lindow in the clip above.