By Laura Lopez, California State University, Fullerton
Few people can claim to have been a veteran of three military branches.
And few can recall images of war as vividly as Jose Aragon did when, at the age of 84, he recounted his harrowing journey through World War II in the Pacific.
Three years before he was drafted, Aragon recalled when the attack on Pearl Harbor and the impact it had on his family.
"It was a terrible memory, Pearl Harbor. We would ration food, coffee meat, gas, shows... just about everything," he said.