If you are a 90 year old Pearl Harbor veteran, you are a goddamn hero, no one denies that
I deny that. Unless you can offer some proof.
Hiding in a bomb shelter is not heroic. Sensible, but not heroic.
Manning your post in a ship under fire is not heroic. You get trained to do it, failing to stay at your post would be the thing worthy of a title, not merely 'doing your job'.
But maybe he pulled the charred corpse of his colleague from the AA gun chair, swung it round, shot down four Japanese fighter bombers, took three rounds in the chest but then stayed there shooting at torpedo bombers. That's heroic.
I guess we'll never know. But don't go pretending I have to accept that he's a hero, just because he managed not to die.