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"There were planes just barreling over the field with the identifying rising sun insignias. Immediately, we knew they were Japanese. And immediately we knew that we were at war. We went from peaceful existence to being blasted." - Steve Krawczyk, 93-year-old veteran with the Army Air Corps 22nd Materiel Squadron. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Steve Krawczyk, 93, enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was stationed at Hickam Field, Oahu for two years prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He describes those two years as serene, and says the attack "was like going 180-degrees." Once he and his comrades saw the Japanese planes overhead, "we knew immediately that we were at war." Krawczyk retired in 1945 as a Technical Sergeant and didn't talk much about his experience in the attack until much later in his life. Krawczky is seen at his home in Manassas, Va. on Dec. 1, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)