Pearl Harbor survivor Gordy Caza in his own words

By KBJR News 1

May 18, 2014 Updated May 18, 2014 at 3:21 PM CDT

Cloquet, MN (NNCNOW.com)

"I was playing checkers and an alert went out, so we were given our rifles and five bullets each.

We lined up on the parade ground and thought maneuvers were going on.

There were hundreds of planes flying around.
I didn't think the Air Force had that many planes.
One of them strafed our parade grounds and set a truck on fire.

The sergeant made us disperse the trucks.
We wondered what kind of maneuvers were these with live ammunition?
Then another plane strafed us, but no one got hurt.

My buddy said look at those red circles on the wings. I think those are Japanese planes.
Why are the Japanese helping us with maneuvers?

After two hours, things quieted down and our commanding officer came over and said, 'I have bad news, boys. I think we're at war with Japan.'"

The attack meant that Gordy would spend the next three years in the army where he served in the Pacific Theater of War.
Gordy Caza passed away in 2013.