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Pearl Harbor survivor celebrates his 100th birthday in Ohio

Pearl Harbor survivor U.S. Navy Chief Frank Ruby stands next to his personal story featured in the Valor in the Pacific: A Remembrance exhibit following a wreath laying ceremony at the National Museum of the United States Navy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 2016.

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By BARRIE BARBER | Dayton Daily News, Ohio | Published: November 1, 2017

DAYTON, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — Local Pearl Harbor survivor Frank Ruby turned 100 Wednesday.

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

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According to Ruby, 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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