Pearl Harbor survivor Robert H. Lloyd of Dayton, Nevada, shares his story.
Dayton, Nev. - It was a terrifying day for those who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. Local survivor Robert H. Lloyd now lives lives in Dayton, but he remembers feeling the tremors as the bombs hit the military base in Oahu on that infamous day in American history.
"It's a thing that changed the whole world," said Lloyd.
He was just 20-years-old at the time, working on the base as a machinist when Japanese planes dropped bombs on December 7th, 1941.
Initially, he said he thought it was just a routine practice, until he saw the big red Japanese dots on the sides of the planes.
"All of a sudden, there was an explosion in front of our hanger," said Lloyd. "I ran and dove under a low boy that was between the two hangers."
22 men on his squadron were killed right in front of him when the door of one of the hangers fell on them.
He says he remembers exactly what was going through his head during all the chaos.
"Try to survive. And I prayed. I prayed a lot," he said.
What happened that day not only changed history, it also changed the course of his life.
"I figured I'd just do my time in the military service, get out, go home, but it didn't work that way," he said. He went on to become a pilot, flying 62 missions during World War II.
Even 70 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he cautions, there are still lessons to be learned.
"We've always got to be on the alert. This is a very, very dangerous world. Extremely dangerous." said Lloyd.
Lloyd will be honored at the Governor's Mansion for his service on this anniversary, along with other local Pearl Harbor survivors.