The Texas native was the first African American to receive the Navy Cross for valor.
A sailor fatally shot two people and injured a third before killing himself earlier this week at the Hawaii Navy base.
The president's unusual attack on Barack Obama is getting new attention as he visits Japan.
Ray Chavez, who was in his late 20s when the 1941 attack occurred, was described by his daughter as a "very nice, quiet man."
The president's reported remarks to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were scorched on social media.
Japan's chief cabinet secretary denied reports that the U.S. president made these comments.
"I was a quarter mile from shore; there was nothing I could do," says a man who was bitten.
But the veterans "gave it to 'em pretty good," the president says on anniversary of the 1941 attack.
Like most Americans, I was mad on 9/11, and with good reason. Before coming to LaGrange College, I worked as a researcher
One idea: A 3-hour tour to maroon the attorney general on "Gilligan's Island" for a long, long time.