SAN ANTONIO — Friday marks the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. One San Antonio airman remembers that day well and says his Irish luck kept him from getting killed.
Raymond Davis was a 19-year-old aircraft mechanic at an Army Air Corps base when Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy.
Even though Davis is now 90 years old, he still remembers that morning of the attack like it was yesterday.
“'Get up! Get up! There’s Japs out here!'" Davis recalled somebody shouting. "And they would just zoom, zoom, zoom. I imagine there was probably eight to 10 active aircraft who were dropping bombs and strafing."
Davis said he started up the aircrafts that were left in the hangars, but the pilots who jumped into those planes were shot down almost as soon as they took off. Every aircraft in Davis's unit was destroyed and the pilots killed.
More than 2,400 Americans died that day, including Davis's best friend, who was shot in the head by a Japanese gunner.
He said the Japanese planes were so low that he could see the faces of the pilots.
“He was the pilot, but he had a rear gunner. This was the guy doing all the damage. And he looked at me and smiled," Davis said. "So help me, God. And I just thought, 'I don’t know why he didn’t blow me away.'"
Now Raymond Davis is one of four men left in San Antonio to have survived at Pearl Harbor. He said he has no hard feelings toward Japanese people.
“I carry no animosity. I carry none whatsoever. They were doing what I was doing to them,” Davis said.