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Darold Rice was born in Flint, Michigan, in 1925. During the Great Depression, Daroldâ€™s father worked in the Chevrolet factory and for a time was a machinist. Life during that time was busy, as he remembers trying to find glass bottles and tires on the street to sell for money. In the late 1930s, the Japanese were ironically enough buying all the American scrap metal, which made the price go up and gave people an opportunity to make money off of selling the scrap. When Darold was a senior in high school he worked at a shoe store and a printing store. Darold was 16 at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack and remembers it was a Sunday at around noon. There was a lot on the radio about the Japanese sneak attack, but not until the next day did they really hear a lot about it. Interestingly, in high school Darold studied in his contemporary history class the then recent rise of the Japanese empire and its looming position in the Pacific. Darold also states that he is convinced the American government knew more about the impending attack and allowed it to happen to galvanize the whole country. Darold was then drafted into the military in September of 1943 shortly after his 18th birthday. He went down to Camp Van Dorn in Mississippi for training and ended up in a Heavy Weapons unit as part of a machine gun squad. Darold and the men in his company were told they had to supply 19 men to go and replace men lost in combat, and so he was the first to sign up as he was located next to the table where they were taking volunteers, and his friend soon joined him as well. After completing the last of his tests, Darold traveled from Mississippi to his home in Flint to say good bye to his family.
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