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YAKIMA, Wash.- A Yakima veteran will be remembering his fellow veterans this Memorial Day.  Pearl Harbor survivor Bob Mason says he will be visiting the Tahoma Cemetery Memorial Day service. 

Bob Mason was just out of high school when he joined the Navy in 1940.  He boarded the U.S.S California battle ship that would sail him into the biggest scare of his life.  Mason says they were in Pearl Harbor when the ship was hit by torpedoes and sunk to the bottom of the harbor.

"The water was starting to come in so I took the typewriter off the desk and jumped up on the desk and waited for someone to come back and get us," said Bob Mason.

Mason didn't know if he was going to survive.  He says he began praying and the next afternoon his prayers were answered.

"They got us out of there with cutting torches at about 3:30 in the afternoon," said Bob Mason.

Mason served the nation for another six years.  Years later, he is now looking back on the men and women who fought by his side. 

Mason says he and other Pearl Harbor survivors will bring two flags to the Memorial Day service on Monday, the American flag and the Pearl Harbor flag.  They will also bring a Pearl Harbor wreath to lay on the memorial in remembrance of those who fought for our country.

The Tahoma Memorial Day service will begin at 10:00am on Monday.  It is open to the public.  You are asked to bring flowers to lay on the memorial.