A 94-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor issued a sharp message to younger Americans Tuesday: “Be American.”
During a telephone interview on Fox News’ “Happening Now,” Lester Lindow, a Navy veteran, said he was aboard the USS Maryland when the Japanese attack began on Dec. 7, 1941.
Lindow told the interviewer that he loved to go to the beach while he was stationed in Hawaii and had planned to go surfing with friends the day of the attack.
“We stepped on the quarterdeck and about that time I seen an airplane go over with a big red ball on the side and I knew what that was,” Lindow said. “And about that time the bugler sounded general orders, and he said this is no bull you-know-what.”
Lindow said three men on his ship died during the attack.
Asked if he had a message for those reflecting on the "date which will live in infamy" as the nation approaches its anniversary, Lindow replied, “Be American."
"That's what I like," Lindow said. "I don't like the liberal stuff that's going on now."
According to Fox News, more than 100 World War II veterans have been flown to Hawaii for ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor later this month.
Watch Lindow’s interview below: