HONOLULU, HA -- As the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor approaches this week, veterans who have survived the attack are making their way to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the commemoration.

Among those veterans is the oldest living survivor, flying back for the first time since World War II.

"I never will forget as long as I live," said Ray Chavez, age 104 .

Alaska Airlines flew Chavez and his daughter, a navy veteran, first class, to Hawaii.

San Diego firefighter Mitch Mendler and retired New York firefighter Joe Torillo, who survived the 9/11 terror attacks, accompanied Chavez as honorary escorts.

A special TSA line opened, giving Chavez special screening.

But not before stranger after stranger stopped to take his picture, shake his hand and thank him for his service.

" I'm not exactly a hero, because there were thousands of other heroes too, but I'm very proud of the honor bestowed on me," he says.