70 years ago people all over the United States were listening intently as the news of the Pearl Harbor attack flooded the airwaves. For Macon native, Stewart Cunningham, the "date which will live in infamy" was the day his life changed forever.
Stewart joined the Navy during World War II, and in 1945 he was part of a covert mission.
"It was so highly secret. We didn't know we were escorting President Roosevelt across. We knew something was important."
Cunningham was on the ship that carried President Roosevelt to the second wartime conference in Yalta. That's not all he did while serving 27 months aboard the World War II destroyer, U.S.S. Snowden D-E 246. "There was submarine chasing too."
This wasn't the course Cunningham initially set out for.
"We were all listening intently, I remember exactly where we were driving, down Forsyth Street."
It was December 7, 1941. "That's when they announced the Pearl Harbor bombing."
The attack that brought out the passion in this sailor. "I was raring to go. I wanted to fight for my country."
By the summer of 1943, he set sail in the North Atlantic. He was hoping his wave of bravery would carry him safely overseas. "I was never afraid. I certainly had great feeling for my country."
When he returned home, Cunningham was 21 years old.
Stewart is a proud macon native, and graduate of Mercer University. Even though they were tragic, he doesn't regret a single moment of his wartime years. He says it was an honor to serve our country as a naval officer during World War II.