Pearl Harbor survivor with several December 7 milestones is laid to rest on Pearl Harbor Day

Pearl Harbor survivor buried on Pearl Harbor day

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - 1st Army Lieutenant Edwin Alan Tischbirek was a lot of things to a lot of people.

"The kids called him 'Popo'...I called Alan our national treasure," said his daughter-in-law Caryl Tischbirek.

A national treasure who survived a national milestone.

Tischbirek was stationed at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on December 7 1941.

"He was actually outside writing a letter to his sisters. He looked up and heard pop pop pop and looked up there were planes flying all over very low and he said he could actually see the Japanese turn in their seat to look back to see if they had hit something," said Tischbirek.

He took cover in a ditch but was injured by shrapnel when a bomb exploded nearby.

Tischbireck received a Purple Heart for that day and was honorably discharged on December 7, 1945.

The 4th anniversary of Pearl Harbor's attack.

"He wasn't in the military very long but he considered himself a military man and he was very proud of his service and his Purple Heart," said Tischbirek.

Tischbireck went on to college, married his wife and had three children before becoming a local teacher and professor.

He died at the age of 93.

And Friday, on Pearl Harbor remembrance day, he was laid to rest at the Bakersfield National Cemetary.

"This would have made him proud. He could not have planned it better if he had done it himself," said Tirschbirek.

December 7, a day which will never be forgotten.

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