Reaction to Pearl Harbor

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Theodore Vallas was happy to know that his ship [Annotator's Note: USS Wasp (CV-7)] was going into battle and that he...
Walter Bank's family lived on a small farm, and wasn't greatly affected by the Great Depression. They never talked...
Jack Skaggs was on Wake Island during the first Japanese bombing raids on the islands. The Marines had assigned VMF-211...
Earl Flanagan recalls listening to the radio when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor [Annotator's Note: the Japanese...
William Hall reached North Island and was assigned to one of two Marine Corps fighter units being organized. Fighter...
Bryghte Davis Godbold and the Marines on Wake Island lived in tents. The civilians involved with island construction...
Lydia Grant witnessed the attack on the American facilities at Pearl Harbor firsthand. The Japanese strafed the...
Wim de Jonge was drafted into the Dutch Army [Annotator's Note: de Jonge was drafted into the Koninklijk Nederlandsch-...
Kaare Allan Johnson lived one lot away from a movie theater, The Victory Theater [Annotator's Note: in New York, New...
Margaret Brewer Henry was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Atlanta [Annotator's Note: Atlanta, Georgia]. She...
Adelaide Benjamin had returned to New Orleans, Louisiana from El Paso, Texas by the time the war ended. When the...
During the war, Washington, DC was crowded. They had food rationing and gasoline rationing. Emma Keulegan and her...
John H. Cole was on his way to Japan for the invasion when the atomic bombs [Annotator's Note: nuclear weapons dropped...
After the Raid [Annotator's Note: the liberation of the Los Banos Internment Camp on 23 February 1945; Los Banos, Luzon...
Marvin Westcott spent time aboard the USS Balch (DD-363) fighting the Japanese invasion of Alaska. There was no fleet...
Walter Broll always had a haircut on Saturday. He would then go to confession since he was raised a Catholic. On one...
Gary Tate and his fellow troops had a recreation hall in Tinsukia, India. They spent quite a bit of time there. Hitler...
Dr. Kenneth Arrow was surprised when war came with Japan. Japan's actions had been terrible but the anticipation was...
Albert Reale's Navy flight training ended after he had flown 50 hours solo, then washed out. He could have been a...
James Lee was born in 1930 on Oahu [Annotator's Note: Oahu, Hawaii] in a little community called Kalauao. It is no...
Nancy Lynch Castellano was not old enough to join the WAVES [Annotator's Note: Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency...
[Annotator's Note: A woman off camera interjects throughout this segment.] Mary Julia Tarnow was born in Mineral...
Helene Minehira and her family were on their property [Annotator's Note: in Ewa Beach, Hawaii] on the morning of 7...
Jane Biestek worked at Yellowstone National Park when she in Montana. Her father would log there during the summer when...
Paul Gibfried was born in Park Ridge, Illinois in September 1924. When he joined the Navy, he was investigated by the...
Isadore Bronstein started at the lowest government grade when he went to work [Annotator's Note: in Washington, D.C.]....
Even though she was young, Marie Rankart paid attention to world events. At the time, young people had more of an...
Florence MacCallum [Annotator’s Note: a citizen of England working for the U.S. Army Joint Chiefs of Staff in London,...
James A. Griffis [Annotator's Note: with Company H, 2nd Battalion, 414th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division]...
William Roy had served in Battleship Division 5 in the Atlantic on the battleship Arkansas [Annotator's Note: USS...
During his high school years, Randolph Trappey excelled in his studies at the all-boy, highly disciplined private...
Aloysius "Al" Arend was born in Chicago, Illinois in November 1925. He grew up and spent much of his life in nearby...
USS Shaw (DD-373) exploding after her magazine was detonated by the fire onboard. Official caption: "Magazine of USS...
Sinking of the USS West Virginia (BB-48), USS Tennessee (BB-43) and USS Arizona (BB-39). Official caption: "Japanese...
Stunned sailors view airfield on fire. Official caption: "Naval air station afire. US Navy Photo 100-4." From U.S....
USS Nevada (BB-36) moving out of Pearl Harbor after attack. Official caption: "USS Nevada pulls away from burning...

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