MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – It`s 74 years later, but Elmer Luckett will never forget where he was December 7th 1941.
'I was aboard a U.S. destroyer, we were in Pearl Harbor,' says Elmer Luckett, Pearl Harbor Survivor.
He was 21-years-old, in the navy and remembers seeing black smoke filling the air.
'We wondered what was going on. Well, just about that time all hell broke loose. The planes started coming in over battleship row with dive bombers and torpedo planes
All eight battleships in the Pacific Fleet were sunk or badly damaged that day.
Monday afternoon veterans and family members gathered to remember a date that will live in infamy.
Among those at the American Legion Post 213, Walter Schoenke, another pearl harbor survivor.
'I was nine-years-old time,' says Walter Schoenke, Pearl Harbor Survivor.
He was attending Sunday school the day Japanese fighters attacked the US military base.
'Vulnerable part of the United States at that time was the island,' says Schoenke.
'Hawaii sits out there all by itself.'
'So we did shoot down two planes due to the fact that we were that close to battleship row,' says Luckett. 'President Roosevelt declared war on Japan the day after Pearl Harbor. He said it would be a day that would live in infamy. Well I don't know how long that is. It's a long time and as long as I'm able and getting around, I`m going to put my two cents in on December, 7th.'