It's easy to imagine that Daniel Fruchter tells stories today with the same energy he did when he was a kid, fresh in the Army, and stationed at Hawaii in 1941, just months prior to Japan's attack.
As a corporal he later earned a battlefield commission to lieutenant on Guadalcanal, fighting beside the Marines.
Now hear his memories of that fateful day, 71 years ago, when the Japanese planes struck:
Produced by Daniel Goodman and Geoffrey Ingersoll
A special thanks to the United War Veterans Council for their help on this story.
More From Business Insider