Less than two dozen survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are gathering to remember the thousands lost 77 years ago.

John Mathrursse is visiting the site of the attack from Mountain View, California. He was an 18-year-old seaman second class walking out of the chow hall on Ford Island to see a friend on the USS West Virginia when the bombing began.

He says bombs and shells were going off in the water and men were getting hurt. He says he helped the ones who were too injured to swim. He carried them to the mess hall and set them on mattresses that people grabbed from the barracks above.

Robert Fernandez is now 94-years old. He says he returns to Pearl Harbor for the anniversary because he's now all alone after his wife died four years ago.

No survivor from the USS Arizona attended the annual ceremony as none were able to make the trip to Hawaii.

The Arizona lost 1,177 sailors and Marines, the greatest number of casualties from any ship.

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