By Lupita P. Gonzales
For the Optic
More than 70 years later, the memory is still vivid in Raymundo Angel’s mind.
He recalls the smoke and the burning ships. The day was Dec. 7, 1941, and the Japanese were attacking Pearl Harbor.
Ray, a Marine, was stationed at Ewa Airfield, two miles from Pearl Harbor. The airfield also came under attack, but Ray survived it.
Witnessing firsthand the death and destruction that rained down on our nation on that day of infamy didn’t rob Ray of his optimism.