COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado–Retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing was sitting down to breakfast when he heard the bombs start dropping down the road at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. What the USS West Virginia sailor saw and did next became one of the many legends from that fateful day.

Downing - who, at 103, is now the second-oldest Pearl Harbor survivor - welcomed the USO into to his Colorado Springs home to share his story. USO Colorado Springs honored Downing at its annual gala in October.