U.S Navy and Marine Corps Veteran Master Sergeant Thomas Davis saw a Japanese plane drop the first bomb on the USS Arizona. To honor the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the 96-year-old shares his story of a day that lives in infamy.
“I was on the boat deck and I saw the first Japanese plane come over,” Davis recalls in the video. “He came over and he dropped the bomb right down the stack of the Arizona and it just went apart. Sailors went this way, that way, all over. It was a mess.”
Davis joined the U.S. Navy in 1939 when he was only 19 years old. After boot camp in Norfolk, Virginia, he transferred to San Diego, California. He was assigned to the USS Whitney, a naval repair ship and traveled to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
“I watched the whole thing. It was something. I’m telling you, it was something I never want to see again,” Davis said.
Davis served 10 years in the U.S. Navy and 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Davis was born in Lowndes County and settled in Montgomery, Alabama. He is a resident of Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City, Alabama.