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The oldest surviving Pearl Harbor veteran has a message for President-elect Trump

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The oldest surviving Pearl Harbor veteran has a message for President-elect Trump

WATCH  | The oldest surviving Pearl Harbor veteran has a message for President-elect Trump, and another one for outgoing President Obama.

A day that will live in infamy

At 104 years old, Ray Chavez is the oldest surviving Pearl Harbor veteran. On that fateful Sunday morning on Dec. 7, 1941, he was sleeping in his quarters when the Japanese air attack set the naval base on fire.

Chavez had been up all night and had just started taking a nap when the first wave struck.


"I was half-asleep, and [my wife] said, 'Come outside and see that Pearl Harbor is on fire. And the smoke is so heavy.' And you couldn't see anything," Chavez told Circa.

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"I feel that America should be strong as ever."

"We're being attacked! We're being attacked!" is what Chavez remembers his wife saying as the torpedo planes sruck.

A message to Trump

The San Diego native was at the National Veterans Day Ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery.

In-between pictures with visitors to the historic grounds, Chavez told Circa he has a message for President-elect Donald Trump:

"I'd like to have him know that I felt America should be strong as ever and be able to take care of our world," said Chavez.

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Ray Chavez, 104, is the oldest surviving Pearl Harbor veteran.

Chavez was accompanied at the Arlington National Cemetery by his daughter and visitors from around the country.

A message to Obama

He also has a message for Obama, who will welcome a new resident to the White House on January 20, 2017:

"I'd like to mention a couple of words about President Obama. That I admire him a lot, and not only because he was president -- but he overcame such big problems that came before me. And he did a wonderful job. And I'm very proud of that."

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