AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I saw the big red circles on the planes’ wings and I thought, `We’re not at war, this can’t be,”‘ he recalled. Perrault, 87, and Mark, 84, never met when both were stationed at Pearl Harbor. Today, they live next door to each other in Monrovia. Sixty-six years after the attack that brought the United States into World War II, their memories of that day were revived this week as both men were honored by the Monrovia City Council at its meeting Tuesday night. Perrault recalled the loud explosion that prompted him to look out a porthole, where he saw a huge fireball rising above the USS Arizona. “I thought it was an accident, that the ammo magazine had blown up,” he said. “Then someone on the loudspeaker started yelling, `Battle stations! Battle stations! This is not a drill!”‘ Video: Survivors talk about the war MONROVIA – As 21-year-old Ensign Paul Perrault stood on the deck of the cruiser USS Phoenix on Dec. 7, 1941, and watched Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbor, he kept waiting for John Wayne to show up. “But I never saw an American plane,” he said. Seaman 2nd Class Anthony George Mark was on watch on Ford Island that morning. When two nearby ships in drydock were attacked and blew up, the concussion blew the then-19-year-old 15 feet through the air. Perrault’s station was a mast high above the cruiser, directing the fire of a 5-inch gun. He had a panoramic view of the entire three-hour attack. “As I watched, I got the feeling I was seeing a news reel,” he recalled. “It was a shock. I didn’t realize what was happening.” It took an hour to get the Phoenix underway, he said, and the ship reached open water without being attacked. “The Japanese could have done more damage,” he said, “but they kept attacking the battleships. There was a lot of confusion. A rumor was going around that Japanese weren’t attacking us, that it was Germans flying off of Japanese carriers.” Mark was a bomb-sight mechanic on Ford Island. When he heard the first explosion he thought it was a plane crash. Then he stepped outside the bomb shack and a Japanese Zero fighter strafed the ground in front of him, he recalled. “Then the torpedo planes came and started dropping torpedoes in the harbor, and I realized we were at war,” he said. He was in a nearby aircraft hangar when a bomb crashed through the roof and landed about 40 feet from him. “It was a dud,” he said, “otherwise I wouldn’t be here today.” He spent the rest of the day salvaging gas masks and taking apart, cleaning and reassembling machine guns that were immediately used. The attack destroyed the Ford Island’s water supply, he said, and the only available water was in a urine-contaminated swimming pool. “They posted guards around that pool,” he said. “They put a lot of chlorine in the water and we drank it.” Mark has attended several Pearl Harbor reunions, but Perrault has never gone back. Perrault took part in the invasion of Okinawa and was in the Philippines when the war ended. He worked 43 years at Home Laundry in Pasadena, and he and his wife have two children and one grandchild. Mark attended officer training school and was on the mainland training to become a naval pilot when the war ended. He became an electrician, then an electrical contractor and retired in 1993. He and his wife have two children, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. “I’m not gung ho about the military. Now, it seems like a dream, like it never happened,” Mark said. “I still remember the shock of it,” Perrault said, “of being in something that was a historical event for the 20th century. I’m glad I was there. It was a good experience.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!