The Marine Corps Air Station Ewa was located on Oahu’s southwest shore. The U.S. Navy began leasing parts of the area in 1925 but the Marine Corps Air Station at Ewa was not formally commissioned until February 3, 1941. Officers had barley moved into their quarters at Ewa when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred.
Unlike other airfields that day, Ewa was only strafed and not bombed so the runways were still usable. However, all its aircraft were either destroyed or severely damaged. Two were killed and eleven were wounded during the attack with one of the wounded succumbing to his wounds later in the week. Henry H. Anglin was wounded at Ewa that day. Anglin, the non-commissioned officer in charge of Ewa’s Photography Section, had his son with him at the time of the attack. According to the National Park Service:
In the midst of the confusion, an excited three-year old Hank Anglin innocently took advantage of his father’s distraction with the battle and wandered toward the mat. All of the noise seemed like a lot of fun. Sergeant Anglin ran after his son, got him to the ground, and, shielding him with his own body, crawled some 35 yards, little puffs of dirt coming near them at times. As they clambered inside the radio trailer to get out of harm’s way, a bullet made a hole above the door. Moving back to the photo tent, the elder Anglin put his son under a wooden bench. As he set about gathering his camera gear to take pictures of the action, a bullet went through his left arm. Deprived of the use of that arm for a time, Anglin returned to the bench under which his son still crouched obediently, to see little Hank point to a spent bullet on the floor and hear him warn: “Don’t touch that, daddy, it’s hot.”