On Dec. 7, 1941, Peter Willett was feeding his rabbits in the backyard of his house at Ford Island, which sits in the middle of Hawaii's Pearl Harbor.

He noticed planes heading toward the island. He thought they were U.S. military aircraft, but one of them flew so low over his head that he could see the Japanese emblem.

Then a second plane started shooting its machine gun, marking the beginning of Japan's Pearl Harbor attack and the Pacific War.