Reaction to Pearl Harbor

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On the morning of 7 December 1941, Roy Boreen enjoyed an early breakfast of pancakes. After breakfast he went to the...
Byron Othello Wilkins, who goes by B.O. Wilkins, was named after his father. He grew up in northeast Arkansas in Luxora...
Roger Shaw was born in New Orleans in 1921. He grew up and was educated in New Orleans. After graduating high school,...
Charles Coolidge was born in August 1921 on Signal Mountain, Tennessee where his family spent the summer months. The...
Josephine Reeves was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 1919. Growing up, Reeves attended the West Catholic...
Robert Addison was born in Akron, Ohio in December 1922. Growing up he was very athletic and played many different...
Tokuji Yoshihashi was born in January 1923 in Pasadena, California. He was one of five children. Times were tough for...
Tom Quigley recounts how he was in church when the attack on Pearl Harbor took place and did not even know about the...
Norman Hatch was asleep at his place in New York on the morning of 7 December 1941. He had preset his radio to turn on...
[Annotators Note: Calvin Barrick served in the US Navy aboard the submarine USS Tang (SS306).]During the shakedown...
Edward Tipper was a member of a military group that received a tremendous amount of recognition. He was 18 or 19 when...
Abe Milkis was born in 15 January 1924 in Philadelphia. He had one brother and one sister. His brother, Harry, was a...
David Yoho was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August 1928 and grew up in the inner city. He had two sisters....
James Livaudais was born in Jefferson Parish in Louisiana. He was one of eight children. There were six boys and two...
Charles Fitts Jr. was born in December 1924 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He lived there until he was about four years old....
George Bernard Griffenhagen was in Plzen, Czechoslovakia on VE Day, 8 May 1945. Griffenhagen was born in Portland,...
Robert Freligh’s father died when he was two and a half years old. His mother worked full time as a pharmacist but was...
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...
Fred Hirsekorn was born in Schonlanke, Germany in May 1924. There were about five generations of Hirsekorns who were...
Sidney Philips remembers hearing about Pearl Harbor while sitting at a drug store counter on the corner of Dauphin and...
[Annotators Note: Interview begins with the interviewer and George Wichterich talking about a tank that was knocked out...
Joseph Motil was deferred for six months and then went into the service on 22 January 1942. Motil was born on 24 July...
[Annotators Note: Edgar Cole served in the US Marine Corps in the 52nd Defense Battalion.] The Japanese attack on Pearl...
Daniel Farley tried to enlist in the Marine Corps but they turned him down. He then went to the army and they took him...
Gerard Halpern graduated from high school in May or June of 1943. He applied to City College and started classes there...
Robert L. Williams was born in Covington, Kentucky in 1922. He was raised in Park Hills. His life was fairly boring...
John Witmeyer went to enlist in the United States military the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 8...
[Annotators Note: Arthur Killam served in the US Navy aboard the submarine USS Seadragon. Killam had reported aboard...
William Blanckenburg had an upper middle class upbringing, but they struggled during the Depression. Blanckenburg was...
Warren Schmitt was born on 18 March 1921 in Hutchinson, Kansas. He had a younger brother named Gene who also served in...
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Roy Boreen was stationed at the Section Base until 1943. After that, he was sent to...
William Dabney was born on 24 June 1924 in Altavista, Virginia. Dabney had five sisters and four brothers but ended up...
[Annotator’s Note: Pena begins mid-sentence] William Pena was commissioned as an officer in the army and reported to...
Walter Nelson went into the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression. It was just about the same time that...
Darold Rice was born in Flint, Michigan, in 1925. During the Great Depression, Darold’s father worked in the Chevrolet...

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