Continued from the Saw the Elephant and Running the Blockade blogs.
James Vyskocil fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. A veteran of three wars. He was in five sea battles and survived three air crashes.
On December 7, 1941, he was on duty at the naval shipyard tower and watched as Ford Island was bombed and ship after ship exploded. He and his ship mates gave the first warning alert of the attack and remained on duty on the open platform of the 90-foot tower until the next day when they helped recover bodies.
Mr. Vyskocil went on to see heavy action in the Pacific Theater of the war and survived five major sea battles.