Pearl Harbor attack survivor remembers the day from afar

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a patrol bomber burns at a military installation on Oahu's Kaneohe Bay during the Ja

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a patrol bomber burns at a military installation on Oahu's Kaneohe Bay during the Ja

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2015 file photo, the sun rises over Oahu's Kaneohe Bay in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long wasn't at Pearl Ha

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2015 file photo, the sun rises over Oahu's Kaneohe Bay in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long wasn't at Pearl Ha

This photo provided by retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long shows Long in his Navy uniform in 1941. Long wasn't at Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes bo

This photo provided by retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long shows Long in his Navy uniform in 1941. Long wasn't at Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes bo

This photo provided by retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long shows Long in his Navy uniform in 1943. Long wasn't at Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes bo

This photo provided by retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long shows Long in his Navy uniform in 1943. Long wasn't at Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes bo

HONOLULU (AP) — Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long was alone on an anchored military seaplane in the middle of a bay across the island from Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes started striking Hawaii on December 7, 1941 — watching from afar as the bombs and bullets came closer, eventually reaching and destroying his solitary outpost.

The waves of attacking planes reached his military installation on Kaneohe Bay soon after Pearl Harbor was struck, and the young sailor saw buildings and planes start to explode all around him.

When the gunfire finally reached him, setting the aircraft ablaze, he was forced to jump into the water and swim through fire to safety.

Now, 77 years later, Long will remember that day in Napa, California, where the 97-year-old survivor will reflect on the anniversary and honor those who died.