Memories of 1941

Don Long walks out to his camper van at his home Friday in Napa, Calif., before driving to attend a number of Pearl Harbor remembrances. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Don Long in his Navy uniform in 1943. (Don Long/via AP)

A patrol bomber burns at a military installation on Oahu’s Kaneohe Bay during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Navy/via AP)

At his home in Napa, California on Friday, retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long holds up a replica of the military seaplane he was standing watch on when Japanese warplanes attacked Hawaii 77 years ago. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

HONOLULU — Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long was alone on an anchored military seaplane in the middle of a bay across the island from Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes started striking Hawaii on December 7, 1941, watching from afar as the attack that killed and wounded thousands unfolded.