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We have one man’s story of  how his life changed.

The author in his US Navy uniform

Yahoo News asked Americans deeply impacted by the Dec. 7, 1941,Pearl Harbor attacks to share how their families were affected in the decades since. Here’s one story.

FIRST PERSON | I was with a group of high school friends at a Sunday afternoon movie in 1941 when the screen suddenly went dark. The manager then came on stage and announced that Pearl Harbor had been attacked by the Japanese. Ironically, the movie was “Sergeant York,” about a World War I hero.

We never saw the rest of the movie, and we all gathered outside. Most of us had never heard of Pearl Harbor, and as the implications of the attack became clear, we were fired with the growing anger that was just beginning to sweep across the country. I was 16, one of the youngest in our senior class of mostly 17- and 18-year-olds. The conversation soon moved on to how soon we could get into the fight. Some of the older boys talked about quitting school to enlist.

Our senior class trip to Washington, D.C., was scheduled for just a week later. Fortunately, it wasn’t cancelled and we stayed at the Mayflower Hotel for three nights. Our tour of the city’s historic buildings had some grim sights. Some of them, if they’d happen today would look almost comical. We saw many soldiers in World War I helmets with loaded rifles and machine guns guarding roofs and entrances. There was confusion everywhere in the Capitol, and it was obvious the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had been a total surprise to a woefully unprepared nation.

Along with thousands of other young men, my 19-year-old brother had rushed down to an Army recruiting office on Monday, Dec. 8, morning to enlist. That was the day President Roosevelt made a speech in Congress and declared war on Japan for the “dastardly” attack on Pearl Harbor.

I had to wait an anxious year to get into it, and finally was able to join the Navy. After boot camp in 1943, I was assigned as a crewman on a troop transport. While carrying Marines to the Pacific battles, we sailed through Pearl Harbor. It was two years after the attack, and much of the damage had been repaired.

However, as we passed by the site, we could still see the grim image of the destroyed battleship USS Arizona just below the surface. There were bubbles of escaping oil still breaking the surface. It was as if the ghosts of the 1,177 sailors below were urging us to remember Pearl Harbor.