SLIDESHOW: America remembers Pearl Harbor
"I didn't want any part of it. That was a part of my life that was so horrible that I wanted to forget it," he said.
The photographer for the U.S. Navy spent decades trying to keep most of the more horrific stories largely to himself.
Archie Gregory never felt the need to come back to Pearl Harbor until now. Seventy years ago he was on the USS Arizona when a devastating hit from a Japanese bomb sent him flying into the water.
"It exploded. I flew through the air like a balloon," he explained.
Seventy years later, he found himself at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor wanting to find the name of his friend Earl Smith.
The return to Pearl brought back a lot of memories for a lot of the survivors. Watch more of what they told us in the video attached to this story.
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