104-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor speaks at the MS Aviation Heritage Museum

One of the last surviving servicemen of Pearl Harbor stopped by the Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum to share stories of his life and experiences during the war.

“I am just the last survivor here. So, somehow or another, I have stayed alive a little bit.” 104-year-old Frank Emond shared with guests at the Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum his experience the morning of December 7th, 1941. Emond recalled preparing to play the morning colors on his French horn when he saw the first bomb explode at a hanger on Ford Island in Hawaii. “The same string of bombs hit them and hit us and you can see the water, they had to flood the dry dock to put the fires out.”

Several bombs caused serious damage that day, leaving many soldiers wounded and dead. That night, Emond was issued an M-1 Rifle and stood on guard duty. “I did 30 years in the Navy. I was enlisted as a French horn player in the band. After a few years, I got to be the leader in the band. Most of my career I was in charge of a group of men in the band.”

Emond autographed pictures while visitors expressed their gratefulness and gratitude for all that he endured.

Joseph Milton, a Vietnam veteran and two-time recipient of the Purple Heart, says for Emond to still be living in his right frame of mind is a blessing. “Surprising, 104 he is more coherent than what I am. Somethings I forget. This man speaks well.”

Edmond thanked his loving wife Pat for always being by his side. “I am fortunate enough to have a nice wife to help me.” “We have done a lot. I learn so much from him.”

Emond says there is no secret to living a long life, he encourages everyone “to do something nice for someone who will never expect it.”

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