November 1, 2006
A man who was there for one of America's darkest moments is being honored today in Augusta on his 100th birthday.
Milton Zurfluh was a 35-year Army lieutenant when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor nearly 65 years ago.
One of the attacking planes flew right in from of him, his wife and two children.
You don't forget moments like that.
"I took the family out for breakfast," Zurfluh told News 12. "We saw this big cloud of smoke at Wheeler field, so I was like, 'Let's go out to see a fire.' On the way down, I put her, her sister, my mother and my wife, in the car. We started toward that fire. On the way down I saw this airplane flying a couple hundred feet up... and I said, 'He must be having engine trouble, he's going to try to land in the middle of the road here. Just then, right down the middle of the road, 5 bullets. You could see the blue puffs of smoke."
Milton Zurfluh now lives in an Augusta assisted living home. He and his daughter will be in the Veterans Day parade on November 10.