Reaction to Pearl Harbor

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On the morning of 7 December 1941, Roy Boreen enjoyed an early breakfast of pancakes. After breakfast he went to the...
Byron Othello Wilkins, who goes by B.O. Wilkins, was named after his father. He grew up in northeast Arkansas in Luxora...
Roger Shaw was born in New Orleans in 1921. He grew up and was educated in New Orleans. After graduating high school,...
Charles Moore was born in Washington, D.C. on 14 May 1919. Growing up with five siblings, Moore had a twin sister....
John A. McCarthy was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His family moved to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. He was...
Charles Coolidge was born in August 1921 on Signal Mountain, Tennessee where his family spent the summer months. The...
Josephine Reeves was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 1919. Growing up, Reeves attended the West Catholic...
Robert Addison was born in Akron, Ohio in December 1922. Growing up he was very athletic and played many different...
Tokuji Yoshihashi was born in January 1923 in Pasadena, California. He was one of five children. Times were tough for...
Tom Quigley recounts how he was in church when the attack on Pearl Harbor took place and did not even know about the...
William Curtis did not keep up with the other men on his boat after the war except the boatswain’s mate. He worked at a...
Norman Hatch was asleep at his place in New York on the morning of 7 December 1941. He had preset his radio to turn on...
[Annotators Note: Calvin Barrick served in the US Navy aboard the submarine USS Tang (SS306).]During the shakedown...
Edward Tipper was a member of a military group that received a tremendous amount of recognition. He was 18 or 19 when...
Abe Milkis was born in 15 January 1924 in Philadelphia. He had one brother and one sister. His brother, Harry, was a...
David Yoho was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August 1928 and grew up in the inner city. He had two sisters....
James Livaudais was born in Jefferson Parish in Louisiana. He was one of eight children. There were six boys and two...
Francis Dymnicki was born in Yonkers, New York and lived there for ten years during the Depression until his father...
John Howland was born in Casper, Wyoming in 1920. He can trace his ancestry back to the days of the Pilgrims. After...
Carrol Joy was born in Morris County about 25 miles south of Manhattan, Kansas in 1920. He had one brother and one...
Wallace Jeffery was born on 27 January 1922 in Sioux City, Iowa. He moved many times but by nine years of age, the...
Charles Fitts Jr. was born in December 1924 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He lived there until he was about four years old....
George Bernard Griffenhagen was in Plzen, Czechoslovakia on VE Day, 8 May 1945. Griffenhagen was born in Portland,...
Robert Freligh’s father died when he was two and a half years old. His mother worked full time as a pharmacist but was...
Tom Quigley grew up playing polo and riding horses and initially volunteered to serve with the cavalry in the army....
Kelly Kuwayama was drafted a year before Pearl Harbor and entered the Army. He was assigned to a coastal artillery unit...
Fred Hirsekorn was born in Schonlanke, Germany in May 1924. There were about five generations of Hirsekorns who were...
Billy Grieves rode the Falcon [Annotator's Note: US Navy submarine rescue ship USS Falcon (AM-28 /ASR-2)] down to New...
Sidney Philips remembers hearing about Pearl Harbor while sitting at a drug store counter on the corner of Dauphin and...
[Annotators Note: Interview begins with the interviewer and George Wichterich talking about a tank that was knocked out...
Joseph Motil was deferred for six months and then went into the service on 22 January 1942. Motil was born on 24 July...
[Annotators Note: Edgar Cole served in the US Marine Corps in the 52nd Defense Battalion.] The Japanese attack on Pearl...
Lydia Grant describes recreation and life as a young girl in the Navy Yard at Pearl Harbor. As an attractive young girl...
[Annotators Note: This segment is the beginning of a second interview recorded with Mrs. Grant in the studio at The...
Daniel Farley tried to enlist in the Marine Corps but they turned him down. He then went to the army and they took him...
Gerard Halpern graduated from high school in May or June of 1943. He applied to City College and started classes there...

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