Reaction to Pearl Harbor

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Joyce Leblanc said she usually went to school as normal. The teachers came to a point where they wouldn't even...
John Kerner heard of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor while he was walking down the street and overheard it. He and...
[Annotator's Note: Alice Howie's husband was killed in an aerial dogfight in Europe and was buried by a French prisoner...
Amelia Taylor discussed the developments of the war while she was in high school. It was very real to them. They...
Ewalt "Walt" Shatz fired the machine guns [Annotator's Note: aboard the USS Patterson (DD-392)] for the first time...
Once the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor died down, Walter Oka and his siblings continued to watch the goings on for a...
En route to his battle station, Robert Kinzler had a clear view of Pearl Harbor, which was a mass of black smoke, with...
Carl Beck joined the Army at 17 in November 1942. He was born in 1925. He had been working with his father during the...
[Annotator's Note: The interviewer opens with talking of Ronald Reagan saying that America is exceptional because it...
Gordon Tadewaldt was born in June 1926 in Aurora, Illinois. He was one of five children. When his father lost his job...
John Morrow was born in April 1924 in Marksville, Louisiana. It is a small town and he knew almost everyone in town. He...
Robert Max transferred to Ohio University for his sophomore year of college because the commute was easier and the...
Theodore E. Skinner, Sr. was born in May 1921 in the Bronx, New York City [Annotator's Note: New York, New York]. After...
Harold Buell was assigned to the Wasp [Annotator's Note: USS Wasp (CV-7)] as a pilot in Squadron VS-71 [Annotator's...
Sterling Cale was on night duty at the shipyard dispensary in the Navy yard before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He had...
Jack Leaming was launched off the deck of the Enterprise on the morning of 7 December [Annotator's Note: 7 December...
Frank Purvis volunteered before Pearl Harbor [Annotator's Note: the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 7...
As a kid, Walter Oka used to hang around on the pier, selling newspapers and sundries to the sailors. He collected...
Ewalt "Walt" Shatz was assigned to the USS Patterson (DD-392) docked in Pearl Harbor [Annotator's Note: Pearl Harbor,...
Nolan Albarado went to basic training in San Diego, California. From there his unit [Annotator's Note: 133rd...
On the morning of 7 December 1941, Roy Boreen enjoyed an early breakfast of pancakes. After breakfast, he went to the...
The day before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Edward E. Boyles was ordered by Colonel Flood [Annotator's Note: Army...
Earl Williams was a B-17 [Annotator's Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber] assistant crew chief flying with...
After Ted Wiebe was in the squadron [Annotator's Note: Torpedo Squadron 2 (VT-2) flying from the USS Lexington (CV-2)]...
Samson Alexander was at the Lincoln Theater when he heard of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. They showed pictures...
James Thomas Womack arrived in Pearl Harbor [Annotator's Note: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii] around 1941. He was on patrol duty...
William Patrick Bonelli retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1960. On the night of 6 December 1941, Bonelli was in...
For the year prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor [Annotator's Note: the attack was on Sunday, 7 December 1941], James...
Louis Conter started 7 December 1941 aboard USS Arizona (BB-39) in Pearl Harbor. It was his practice to substitute for...
Robert Templet believes that there was a lack of preparation for an enemy attack at Pearl Harbor during the weeks...
Everybody was scraping by during the Great Depression. Martin Brignac and his family made out with what they had. They...
Daniel Crowley was in the process of getting registered to go to flight school in the United States, but everything...
Joseph Richard went to T-Unit [Annotator's Note : Task Unit; unit or formation that works on a single defined task or...
George Allen was in New Orleans, Louisiana on a trip with his family when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He was...
When Benjamin Troemel came into Kaneohe, there were obstacles on the runway, and he was greeted by a chief with a...
Byron Othello Wilkins, who goes by B.O. Wilkins, was named after his father. He grew up in northeast Arkansas in Luxora...

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