[Photo by Rudy Herndon / Moab Sun News]

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Don Murray paid tribute to Grand County’s World War II veterans on the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941 – just one day shy of his 21st birthday – Murray was stationed at the Schofield Barracks in Honolulu and could see Japanese airplanes bombing Pearl Harbor.

He then watched as a plane made a circle back and the attackers began to fire machine guns.

No one from his group was hit during the attack.

“They were just after the airplanes and airfields (and ships),” he said.