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Indiana Man At Pearl Harbor To Honor Survivor Brother

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The USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by Japanese imperial forces and commemorates the events of that day. The memorial, dedicated in 1962, is visited by more than one million people annually. (Photo by Ronen Zilberman/Getty Images)

The USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by Japanese imperial forces and commemorates the events of that day. The memorial, dedicated in 1962, is visited by more than one million people annually. (Photo by Ronen Zilberman/Getty Images)

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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (CBS) — A South Bend, Ind., man who served in the Marines during World War II was at Pearl Harbor Tuesday morning for ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of the day that lives in infamy.

WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser met Nick Soley the other day at his nephew’s home in Crown Point, Ind., for his 90th surprise birthday party.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

Soley was one of five brothers who fought in World War II. He and his brother, Mike, enlisted in 1940.

“Well, you know, in 1940, the Depression was still there, so there wasn’t much really to choose,” Soley said.

Nick Soley was in Iceland on Dec. 7, 1941. His brother, Mike, was one of the few who survived the Japanese attack on the U.S.S. Arizona.

“He was sleeping; didn’t try to get to the top so he could do something with a machine gun or whatever was available, got burned a little bit, jumped in the ocean, they picked him up,” Nick Soley said.

Mike Soley died in 2000.

Nick Soley said he thought going to Pearl Harbor would be a “very emotional” experience.

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