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On 75th anniversary, veteran speaks out on attack at Pearl Harbor

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State Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Argentine Township, welcomes Pearl Harbor survivor Don Bloomfield, 95, of Midland, to the House floor. State Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Argentine Township, welcomes Pearl Harbor survivor Don Bloomfield, 95, of Midland, to the House floor.
MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

Don Bloomfield has seen hell on earth.

“We got up to the gate, and there was a flattop, a flatbed truck pulled out ahead of us, loaded with bodies.”

The 95-year-old World War II Veteran is a Bronze Star award recipient and received two Purple Hearts for being wounded in combat.

The Midland native was serving in an army fire department at Camp Malakoli, Hawaii in 1941, and recalls the morning of Dec. 7.

“We just got through eating our meal and we were out in the company street and looking right straight down through there, and we see these planes going through there. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. We didn’t know what it was.”

They were Japanese pilots attacking the island of Oahu.

One of those pilots flew close enough to give Bloomfield a gesture.

“Pretty soon here comes this one plane, just over the top of the treetops, [places thumb on nose] just as plain as could be.”

One of those planes eventually was shot down, and Bloomfield managed to get a piece of it for a souvenir.

Minutes later he was assigned to emergency duty at a nearby airfield.

He’ll never forget what he saw.

“Wheeler Field was completely devastated. The building, there were planes burning all over the ground and everything else.”

Bloomfield and his fellow soldiers also knew something terribly wrong had happened where U.S. warships were anchored at Pearl Harbor.

“It was wide open there, the smoke and everything, you could see what was going on.”

Later that day, Bloomfield’s superior confirmed to him that it was a Japanese attack.

He served a few more months on the island of Oahu, but the army had other plans for him.

“On the 16th of November we made our first push.”

That push was in Europe, against Nazi Germany where Bloomfield was recognized for his bravery.

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