Reaction to Pearl Harbor

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Mary Leisey was born in Honey Brooke, Pennsylvania. It was a small town of nearly 1,000 people. She enjoyed growing up...
Revis Dale Haslett was born in July 1922 in Brownstown, Illinois. He lived in Illinois until after he graduated high...
Archibald "Archie" T. Higgins was born in New Orleans in January 1924. He is a lifelong resident of the New Orleans...
John A. McCarthy was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His family moved to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. He was...
Dale Peterson volunteered for the Navy and was sent for training at the Farragut Naval Training Center in Idaho. He...
Joseph Brannan was sent on a train to San Diego, California for boot camp after he enlisted in the United States Navy....
Marvin Westcott chose the Navy because San Francisco was a Navy town. Additionally, his father had taken his boys to...
Harold Joslin joined the Navy around 1939. He liked the idea of going to sea. He also really wanted to get off the farm...
George Joseph Bertucci went to San Diego, California for basic training. After three weeks, he went aboard the USS...
Michael Mickey Ganitch enlisted in the Navy, scored well on tests, and was sent to San Diego for boot camp. He...
John H. Price, Jr. was with the 609th Tank Destroyer Battalion throughout World War 2. He started at Camp Shelby then...
Cleston Stell was born in Alvarado, Texas in 1926. The family moved to Fort Worth when he was young. During the 1930s,...
Elmo Espree was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in September 1921. His family moved to Los Angeles, California in 1923...
Bruno Viani was in the 102nd Medical Regiment, Company B, 27th Infantry Division prior to the start of the war. As part...
Harold Lightell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1923. Growing up was wonderful in New Orleans. He loved the...
Stanley Wolczyk was born in Cleveland, Ohio in December 1917. His father and mother were both Polish immigrants. They...
Charles Coolidge was born in August 1921 on Signal Mountain, Tennessee where his family spent the summer months. The...
Floyd Dumas' father worked for the New York Central Railroad in Malone, New York as a boilermaker. Dumas had three...
Mitchell Zimmer liked the idea of sailing on a smaller boat like a submarine. He was trained in New London, Connecticut...
Walter Ram went through basic training for the Army. He was discharged after a year in the Army. When the Japanese...
Robert Butler Whitcomb was born in Scipio, Indiana. When he was about six his family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he...
Josephine Reeves was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 1919. Growing up, Reeves attended the West Catholic...
Richard Scheerer was on the streets of Little Rock when he learned of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was...
Donelson Houseman was born in Dallas, Texas in 1923 and grew up there. After graduating high school, he began classes...
Robert Addison was born in Akron, Ohio in December 1922. Growing up he was very athletic and played many different...
Richard J. Field was born and raised in Upstate New York in the small town of Liberty. He lived on the outskirts of...
Joseph Yourkavitch was born in October 1925. He served in Company C, 1st Battalion, 422nd Infantry Regiment, 106th...
When Dracos Burke commenced his training as a bombardier, the war in Europe was progressing to a point where the U.S....
Melvin Munch was introduced to the Navy in boot camp in San Diego. It was rough. Getting up early each morning to begin...
The training Marines receive is to make sure that they are always ready. After boot camp, Keith Renstrom went into...
Vincent DeSalvo was a barber in New Orleans and was at the hospital to visit a customer of his who had been in accident...
Tom Quigley recounts how he was in church when the attack on Pearl Harbor took place and did not even know about the...
Glen Kuskie was born in February 1924 on a dairy farm in Lincoln, Nebraska. When his family moved to town, his dad...
Rothacker Smith attended North High School in Detroit, Michigan after his family moved back to the city from the...
Emmett Kaylor's time in basic training was his first time in the South where they talked a little different. Their...
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...

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