Reaction to Pearl Harbor

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James Nerison was born in San Francisco. His mother and father moved down to the city of Alhambra near Los Angeles. His...
Holly Frederick Reynolds was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. She was born in Virginia because her mother was there at the...
Paul Pizzolongo was born in February 1923 in Bronx, New York. His father picked numbers for the bookies and his mom did...
Alex Lopez was born in May 1926 in Los Angeles, California, the son of a barber. He grew up in a safe neighborhood...
John Coxe was born in August 1921 in Walker, Louisiana. He was one of seven children, four of whom were members of the...
Enlisting in the Navy at the age of 18, Lauren Bruner first reported to San Diego, California, for three months of...
When the war started, Joseph DeMott was still working as a radio operator. His group was scheduled to take off for...
Samuel Spector was born in Manhattan, New York in July 1924. He worked as a delivery boy for furriers. He also worked...
Murray Glass was born in 1924 in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in the Bronx. His father was the manager and part owner...
Gus Gikas was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in April 1921. His dad was the town hat maker. Gikas moved to north Texas when...
After graduating from Alcee Fortier high school, New Orleans, Louisiana, Thomas Wicker attended Tulane University, New...
After working at the PBY facility [Annotator’s Note: Constance Negrotto was a technical illustrator at the PBY Catalina...
Ray Snyder graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Engineering Physics, and was commissioned in...
William Ebersole was born in September 1924 in Arcadia, Florida. He graduated from high school there in June 1942 then...
Curt Simmons was a member of the US Navy Armed Guard. He was born on a farm outside of Walters, Oklahoma and was a farm...
John Cassidy majored in mining engineering during his first year at the University of Alabama, but he eventually...
Oran Harris was 17 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was returning from Sunday school when a man called out...
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...
Lorraine Achee's father had died when they were very young. Her mother would mention the pending war news once in a...
Fred Hirsekorn was born in Schonlanke, Germany in May 1924. There were about five generations of Hirsekorns who were...
Anne Levy and her family needed three things to get out of the Warsaw Ghetto. They had to have papers saying they were...
To Harry Quinn, combat was the closest thing to Hell that a person could experience. Sleep was disrupted at night by...
Norman Mineta grew up in California where the Alien Land Law existed. It stated that if one was not a citizen of the...
Leonard Brooks got up to go to school on Monday [Annotator's Note: 8 December 1941] morning and that is when he and his...
[Annotator's Note: Anthony Costa begins this segment by discussing his transfer to Japan aboard one of the prisoner of...
Louis Conter was located between the USS Arizona (BB-39)'s turrets three and four during the attack. With the terrible...
A few days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Joseph DeMott saw the devastation. With five battleships sunk or...
Earl Williams reflects on his World War 2 experiences during and after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He recalls the chaos...
Fred Bronfin was called to report to his local draft board to register. His blood pressure was high when he went in and...
Ralph Weymouth was aboard the Saratoga [Annotator's Note: USS Saratoga (CV-3)] in San Diego when he learned of the...
Malcolm Johnson was a civilian contractor for Morrison-Knudsen [Annotator’s Note: American civil engineering and...
Billy Grieves rode the Falcon [Annotator's Note: US Navy submarine rescue ship USS Falcon (AM-28 /ASR-2)] down to New...
Robert Swan and three other guys in his squadron [Annotator's Note: Patrol Squadron 44 (VP-44)] rented a house. Each...
Tony Schneider reported to VB-6 [Annotator's Note: Bombing Squadron 6 (VB-6)] in 1940. The squadron was assigned to the...
Clyde East experienced a slow training program after entry into the Canadian Air Force. He was in flying school during...

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