It has been 64 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Even the GIs who lied about their ages to enlist during World War II are 80 or older now, which means the number of eyewitnesses to that sneak attack is diminishing year by year.
But the memory of that day cannot be dimmed, because the attack abruptly brought the U.S. into World War II by crippling the Navy's battleship force and killing 2,403 American personnel in the process.
According to the Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C., the dead included 68 civilians and there were 1,178 military and civilians wounded.
But a numercial recitation of the carnage doesn't tell the whole story. Vivid memories of the survivors do.
In August, The Herald-Mail's Richard Belisle interviewed Lester Jay Stone, a 94-year-old retired Navy captain who was present during the attack.