Lou Licastro
Courtesy: Wheaton VFW Post 2164 Facebook

On Memorial Day the special story of a Pearl Harbor veteran... and a missed opportunity.

FOX News Radio's Jennifer Keiper reports:

When I was introduced to Lou Licastro three years ago neighbors said, "That's Lou, he's a Pearl Harbor survivor." I thought I need to sit down with him and record his experience. But, other stories and life got in the way.

I would've learned that Lou was in his Army barracks when he noticed the Japanese flag on planes dive-bombing Pearl Harbor. An explosion sent him flying almost 20-feet. He made it up to Master Sergeant and told the Daily Herald newspaper that he had four near-death experiences during his military years.

By the time I met Lou, at 92, he was driving to regular events at the local VFW. A flag on the antenna and poppies on the rear view mirror.

The flag in front of the vet's home is at half staff today and instead of saying died or passed away, his prayer card says "Mission Accomplished May 14, 2013".

In Chicago, Jennifer Keiper, FOX News Radio.