Commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1939, Bob Bereuter was assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona. In August, 1940, he was stationed with the 27th Infantry Division (the "Wolfhounds") in Oahu, Hawaii.
The morning of Dec 7, 1941, Bob and a friend were supposed to be sailing on Pearl Harbor. For some reason, they decided not to go that day, a decision that no doubt saved their lives. The sound of aircraft awakened him at 7:55 that morning.
The moment he saw a single-engine Japanese aircraft, Bob knew he needed to act quickly. As one of the first Army officers to arrive at Wheeler Field as the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, then- Lt. Bereuter ordered his men to break down the locks on stored machine guns and ammunition. With the weapons mounted on rooftops, Bob later recounted he and his men were credited with shooting down a Japanese plane. One man suffered leg wounds in the process.