Reaction to Pearl Harbor

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Wicker was born in Scotlandville, Louisiana in 1923. He had a good life growing up, his father worked for the railroad...
Hannas family was living in Texas when he joined the Army in July 1938 in Lubbock. He took his basic training at Ft....
McKee was born on September 19, 1921 in Southern Oklahoma. As was the case in most births in those days, he was born on...
Starnes grew up in Decatur, Georgia. His father was a travelling salesman. By the time he started school he was living...
[Annotator’s Note: The interview begins with John Keema telling the interviewer about how not flying the Regensburg...
Gatewood was born in Decatur, Nebraska in 1921. He lived there until he went into the service. He was in his first...
Standifer was born on April 24th, 1925 in Gulfport, Mississippi. He was walking down the street in Clinton, Mississippi...
Richard Cole was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1915. After graduating from high school he went to work on a farm for 75...
Raymond Zager was born in December 1924 in Los Angeles, California. His father was out of work for a while but was able...
Kassal was born in Harlem, New York on 28 February 1917. His parents were Polish immigrants. At a young age, his family...
Hershel Williams was born and raised in a country atmosphere in West Virginia. His father was in the dairy business....
[Annotators Note: The interview begins with John Gibbons and the interviewer discussing what got the interviewer...
Leisey was born in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania May 10th, 1923. He moved to Honey Brook, Pennsylvania where he ended up...
Ben Kuroki grew up with Caucasian friends. There were only a few Japanese American families around at the time. The...
Stegmeier was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1922. At the time of the interview he is 85 years old. He attended Grandview...
Clifford Rackley was born near Tifton, Georgia. He was young during the depression and saw the problems the big farmers...
Billow was born in Millersburg, Pennsylvania. Growing up during the depression was rough, they did not have much. His...
When the war started everyone started working with what they had. Merrill's group patrolled up and down the Hawaiian...
James Smith went home on 2 September 1945. He had a good job in New Zealand where he stayed for the rest of the war [...
During the last few days of the war there was very little action. Most of the Germans were figuring out a way to...
Lazarick heard President Roosevelt's speech [Annotator's Note: Roosevelt's speech to Congress which he gave on 8...
Chuck was incredibly upset about Pearl Harbor. He had no idea even after Pearl Harbor that 5000 Japanese Marines were...
Clarence Anderson's friend Jack Stacker joined the Air Corps a year after him. Jack was a P-38 pilot and was killed on...
Loevsky's motivation for joining the service was that he felt that the treatment of the Jews in Europe, and by Hitler...
Robert Zawada was 16 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He graduated from high school in 1942. He did not think...
Lou Brissie's father really wanted him to finish college. Mr. Mack [Annotator's Note: Cornelius McGillicuddy, Sr., or...
Instead of heading into the mountains, the Chinese man took them to Canton. They spent several days in Canton. After...
After Quintana went through boot camp, he came out feeling like he could fight anyone. They prepared the men in boot...
They ended up at Camp Custer. DeMers had been getting promoted this entire time. He made 1st Sergeant by 1940. They...
William Barnes served aboard USS PC-590 which was a patrol craft. During the early part of 1942 the navy was desperate...
A year after enlisting as a private Robert Christie graduated from OCS [Annotators Note: Officer Candidate School] with...
David Dennis does not recall when or how he learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor but does recall hearing that the...
When Dupuy got his wings, his sisters came down for the ceremony. After the ceremony he received a thirty day leave...
Woods did well in school. He could have gone on to any of the advanced training schools but he volunteered to go out as...
Delewski had never heard of Pearl Harbor before the attack and never planned to go into the Navy. He graduated high...

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