Dayton-area Pearl Harbor survivor turns 100

Local Pearl Harbor survivor Frank Ruby turned 100 today.

The Dayton VA Medical Center shared a photo of Ruby and news of his birthday on Facebook.

Ruby, of Vandalia, shared his incredible story with this news organization in December.

According to Ruby’s story, the rumble of bombs and gunfire woke him when the Imperial Japanese Navy launched “Operation Hawaii” and the first of two waves of attacks spearheaded by aircraft carrier-launched warplanes against U.S. battleships at anchor in Pearl Harbor and Army Air Forces planes at Wheeler, Hickham and Bellows airfields.

“The bombers were close to the water and I could see their (pilots’) faces,” said Ruby, who was aboard an oil barge laden with tens of thousands of gallons of fuel. “I thought this is going to be my last day.”

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