HEMET (CBS) — For a time on Dec. 7, 1941, thousands of navy personnel were getting their news about the attack on Pearl Harbor through a man named Bob Duff.

He was a radio man for the United State Navy and was stationed on the USS Nevada – one of the battleships located in Pearl Harbor the morning of the attack.

“There were so many planes involved. You didn’t see how you’d survive,” he told CBS2’s Greg Mills.

Duff ran for cover and hid beneath a turret to protect himself from the bullets and bombs because he had no idea what was happening until he saw the emblem on the planes as they flew away.

“I realized what was happening. We were being attacked.” he said.

Over the years, his memories started to become hazy, so his family decided to create a retrospective video to help keep his memories intact.

The video discusses his memories of the tragic morning in detail and his shock to have made it out alive.

“I thought I was going to die many times during the way. I didn’t see how I could possibly get out of it,” he said.

Pearl Harbor certainly changed Duff’s life, but it doesn’t define him.

He is happily married to Doris, his wife of 29 years, and is a proud father and grandfather whose legacy will live on through his family forever.

Comments (2)
  1. Kathy says:

    I just want to thank CBS 2, KCal 9, and Greg Mills on such a wonderful interview with my dad Robert Duff. My family was truly touched by Greg’s patience and kindness during the interview. We will cherish this touching interview of our father. Thank you again!

  2. Robert Specht says:

    What a Hero, God Bless you Robert and your Family

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