DEC 7 I remeber so well..

@Hatley (164672)
Garden Grove, California
December 7, 2012 12:24pm CST
I was in high school and we were huddled around the radiolistening in shock as reports came in that Pearl Harbor had been bombed by the Japanese. I remember how shocked my parents were and my dad saying our srmed forces should h ave known this would happen so why were they not prepared to combat the Japanese? Instead they were caught unprepared and many planes were destroyed and many were killed. I am wondering what is you r take fellow mylotters?Rember this day at all?
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Dec 12
Not that old. I only remember it from history. R's family came to the US on 12/7/68 though, so it's a special day for him too.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Dec 12
(first - Ha!)
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Dec 12
wow dawn you are first. I seldom get to be first loll congrats. For goodness sakes that is a special day for him and a memorable day. I was married in 1959. but not in Dec but March 26th.Glad you remember it from history..
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Dec 12
My parents were 1957 - March 23...
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@xiejiaotu (217)
• Malaysia
7 Dec 12
geezz.... you are so old already?? but greeting to you, i meet an old friend in mylot now and what a surprise because i had never ask for how old are people i will meet online. sorry to heard that from you because you was born that time and that is a hard time for you. may the should of the soldier rest in peace. and sorry again to you, this dec 7 maybe is your painful day and a lot people's painful day but this day is my birthday so i will still celebrate it.
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
7 Dec 12
A happy, happy birthday to you! It just goes to show that every day holds both good and bad. I hope this is a wonderful day for you.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Dec 12
Happy birthday to you xiejiaotu and many more. I met someone else a bit ago from mylot who also has a birthday today! Happyhappy birthday.that w as a painful I was in my teens and we were more somber than most teens as we were senidn boy to war that were only 18.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
8 Dec 12
geezz.... you are so old already?? ms. Hatley is so old but see, she rocks mylot at 87!
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
7 Dec 12
That was slightly before my time but not by much. I was born in 1954. I've heard conspiracy theories that we let it happen even though the president knew it was coming because it gave us an excuse to get into the war. I cannot believe anyone would sacrifice so many lives in such a horrid way in order to achieve political ends but at the same time I would not put it past any president we've ever had. I remember that day in a personal way because that was the day in 1971 that I met my first love. It was a blind date and the the couple that introduced us did it as a joke. They broke up shortly afterward and we'd still probably be together if I had not been so stupid. But I have this sweet memory to go with a day of such sorrow. I remember my ex taking me and the boys to the movie "Pearl Harbor" a few years back. I was fine till it came to the attack then I had to leave the theater. Even seeing it there on a screen is indescribable. I don't see how anyone can watch that or even imagine it without being struck to their core with sadness and horror.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Dec 12
hi dragon54u Yes that movie also got to me as I was c rying and my dad was scowling at me in the movie theater. but it was a stunning movie; I also had heard those conspiracy theories too and felt that was stupid in view of all the lived that were lost but you are right our presidents gave done some bizarre things. there was also a horrid conspiracy about 9 /11 and I just did not believe that as we know what happened. I met my love as a nurses aide working in the same hospital and they seen the new]orderlyt to help me make a surgical bed. it w as indeed love at first sight. I think the thing I remembered most on Pearl Harbor day was my myom crying as they told about the attack on the radio. we did n ot have television] yet.
@bunnybon7 (35830)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Dec 12
dear friend is this a test to see how old your friends are on here? im 65 yrs pretty sure i was born after that as i was told that dad came back from helping rebuild at pearl harbor and met my mom then. but it must be nice to remember so much kudos to you. ive always felt so honored just to be able to see a turn of a century happen. so many born after it will never live long enough to know what its like to change a 19 something to 20 something, nor a 20 something to 21.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Dec 12
hi bunnybon no not really.Ust curious.I remember all the furor over becoming 2 000 and how they thought it would cause problems on our computers but it didn't. I remember in my teens ath Pearl harbr attack caused all but a f ew of my male classmateds t obe s ent to the armed forces . i was in a highschoool play m y senior year and all the male parts were play by us girls. lol.I had some cousins who were statoned at Pearl Harbor and they were killed when their attack plane lifted off 'and was blown apart.I was just 17.
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@deazil (4556)
• United States
7 Dec 12
I don't remember it as I was was born in 1947. My older sister had just turned 4yrs old on Dec 2, 1941, five days before Pearl Harbor. My mother had relatives in England and I know she sent many packages of clothes and toys for them through the 1940's. But I only remember what my mother told me about Pearl Harbor and, like most everybody else that responded here, from history in school. It must have been a shocking experience for you, Hatley, being a teenager during such trying times. You must have some incredible memories stored away.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Dec 12
yes some memories of tanks and o hte war things o n flat cars with machine gu nned guard on duty passing thro ugh our state.. Going to the store with rationing stamps and only buying just so much sugar and other foods. Missing my male class mates as they were drafted the moment they turned 18.And the silly songs that came uup and the Andrew Sisters singing Don't sit under the a Apple tree with a nyne else but me.Movie stars went overseas to entertain our troops.Japanese friends in our state were made to go into concentration camps in our state. They also were in shock as they were Americans who werborn and lived here in the US bu t because of their race they were made to go to these camps. They even left small businesses to obey the orders. a sad time indeed.
@deazil (4556)
• United States
7 Dec 12
Wow! You saw a lot of stuff Hatley. I've only seen it in the old movies I watch, like "Stage Door Canteen", "Hollywood Canteen" and "The Battle of Midway". I love the Andrews Sisters and all the Big Bands from back then. My favorite was the "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy". One of the great war songs. I bet you really cut a rug to the music back then! Thanks for sharing this with us.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Dec 12
hi deazil oh I loved that one too theboogie Woogie bugle boy from company b. looking back some of the dancing and parties now looked sort of frantic as thou gh people were pushisng the thoughts of war and men being killed out of their mind.'I think we grew up faster then too because of the gravity of the situation. I went to work and had my own room long before some young people do now. I worked in the hospitals as a nurses aide. I did see my parents on most weekends.But I felt more self assured than so m any kids of 20 do now.
@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
7 Dec 12
Hi Hatley... Pearl Harbor is a memorable thing to most of us... I'm only 30 today, so I was not there, not in this form... I've studied the WWII thoroughly... The importance of Pearl Harbor can never be denied.. It changed the flow of the war, the balance in other words... Because of that cowardly attack by Japan, United States joined the Allies... Winston Churchill's reaction was most authentic and honest... 'I was very happy that America joined us in the war, and I beg that Americans won't feel offended either. Now, the fate of the war was decided in our favor. The proper application of vast military forces and equipments had to be done...' Hatley dear, how was your experience during those days? How was the press? Did you hear the President's speech??? I'd like to note your real life experience... Please tell me... You can't imagine how nice I feel to talk to you.... Please tell me all about it...
@deazil (4556)
• United States
7 Dec 12
Great idea, mr_pearl! Please do tell us about it, Hatley. You have such a wealth of history and memories stored up.
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@deazil (4556)
• United States
7 Dec 12
"Rosie the Riveter"! That was a famous poster back then. And didn't Betty Grable have her picture on the side of a plane? Or was that just Hollywood? Some of the movies kind of glamorized it with the romance and bravery of the soldiers, but you put a more realistic light on it. I never thought about the tenseness of it all and the fear and anger. Thanks, Hatley. There's nothing like an eyewitness account.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Dec 12
hi deazil I was at that age of a teen where all is always drams tool I rememberr I had a night mare where huge german bombers were dropping tractors and farm equipment on people instead of bombs and woke my parents up yelling from the bad dream.We lose a lot of people we knew in that war so to real people the real war was not vey glamorous at all.`My dad made a fortune during the wa seling honey aw sugar was rationed.Hew had a hge aviary and producef many gallons of honey and sold it.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
7 Dec 12
No I don't remember, but I should have remembered that today was Pearl Harbor Day since both my dad and uncle were in the war..
• United States
7 Dec 12
Aw, I'm sorry, that is sad..
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Dec 12
hi carm yes indeed so many young people that day lost their lives. and all during the war we also lost troops too. I always hope we never go through anything like that again ever. now with nuclear weapons a possibility maybe thats a deterrent.
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• Malaysia
8 Dec 12
Hatley i hope you not hate Japanese people. In year 1942 they colonize Malaysia country until year 1945. When my grandpa remember that time he say a lot of people very afraid with Japanese soldier. If some people not show respect to them they will slap that person.
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@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
9 Dec 12
I remember the effects of the war on the people, ration books, no cloth in the stores, etc, but I was either too young to actually remember Pearl Harbor, or we were too isolated. We lived on a farm with no electricity and no phone.
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@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
13 Dec 12
I was still in elementary school when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. For some reason I remember more emphasis on the war with Germany. I remember one teacher trying to teach forgiveness. She asked the class how many of them had German ancestors. At least 1/3 of the class raised their hands. Remember, these were all farm kids. From my experience, the Germans were good farmers.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Dec 12
hi bellis yes the germans here in the USA in my home state were excellent farmers and also they came here legally and were citizens and Americans so they fought in our troops against the Nazis too.I grew up onm the farm in South Dakota and our neighbors were German Americans who had really great farms. Also they were devout Americans and fought for our country.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
14 Dec 12
I had the same experience in Oklahoma. I now live in Texas. When we first came down here in 1962, we rented a house in a trailer park. The trailer park was a community unto itself, composed mostly of GIs and their families. However, once I left the park, I rarely heard English spoken. It was either German or Spanish. Most could speak English, they just preferred the language of their parents. Not so with the next generation. Most of them speak English only.
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@inertia4 (27582)
• United States
12 Dec 12
Well, Pearl Harbor as way before my time. The only thing I can compare it to would be 9/11. And that day I remember like it just happened. I was in the city when it happened and I saw the planes go in and the building fall. What made that day worse was the entire city was on lock down. No one was allowed in or out for hours.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Dec 12
you know I will never forget that day either as I had cousins who worked in the very upper stories of the twin towers and they jumped to their deaths rather than be burned alive.And during the second world war I worked in the hospital and some vets came back and were mentally ill so that a plane going overhead would send them off the bed and underneath yelling at me to get down, Planes coming in. I would talk to them and assure them no there was no war here. then go off to the bathroom and weep.Growing up in my teens and twenties during the war was sort of tense all the time as I lost friends and some came back minus limbs or worse mentally ill. but also there were almost too many parties and the jitterbug was a craze and all the wild dances. Everyone seemed almost too gay as if trying not to worry about things.
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@inertia4 (27582)
• United States
20 Dec 12
Sometimes people deal with fear and stress in different ways. I cannot compare world war two to 9/11 because the war was way before my time. But I can tell you this, the mood on 9/11 here in NYC was nothing like having fun at all. Everyone here felt it and it was a dark day. That mood lasted a long time and some people still have not recovered from it.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Dec 12
hi inertia and today some c ome up with the wildest ideas that this was a sonspiracy of the USQD which thinking is so vile I cannot stomach it. I told one person that w as stupid beyond all beliefs. we would not kill our own people so whoever made that up was mentally sick
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@Mavic123456 (9704)
• Thailand
7 Dec 12
Pearl Harbor  - December 7, 1941, The American naval base in Pearl harbor near Honolulu Hawaii was attacked by a hundreds of Japanese fighter planes The Japanese was able to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, with battleships, and airplanes fighters. Instantly, more than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II.
Good evening Auth Hatley.. Happy remembering day to you.... this is how I imagine you . You are Kate Beckisale. hehehehe
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Dec 12
oh that I had been that pretty wowl I WAS about 14 and scared as I heard all the news and knew all my male friends would be drafted to go overseas The news was terrifying as they told of all the deaths and all the planes and ships destroyed. but we joined the war that day and we made our presence known t oo.
@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Dec 12
hi Mavic Poor Man veing captured would have been so horrible I am glad he got out and got back home though. Those kinds of memories must be really upsetting but maybe sometimes it will help to talk about it.The movies sort of glamorized things and somehow war like that has nothing glamorous in it at all.
@irene66 (1671)
• Philippines
9 Dec 12
I remember it from my history subject back in my high school years. My teacher gave it as one of the question during our examination. Apart from that my mom also told me the same story where they run away from their home and went to live in the mountain instead. That is to be safe from the atrocities of the Japanese.
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@irene66 (1671)
• Philippines
13 Dec 12
you are right there Hatley. My mother told me almost the same story They hid in some places impossible to hide if they hear familiar sounds similar with that of the world war II. It was really a sad part of their life
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Dec 12
hi irene after I made this I got so I was exhausted emotionally just going over the things I remember but then I remembered the poor men who came back with traumatic shock syndrome. A noisy truck or airplane would strike fear in them and they would hunt for cover and caution me to take cover. All I could do was softly talk them back to earth that the war was over and those were ordinary planes taking people to where they wanted to go.Most eventually did recover but the d mage was like an emotional scar that would last a life to,
• United States
8 Dec 12
I wasn't born for another 30 years, LOL! I do remember growing up and studying it in school. My favorite radio DJ during high school always played FDR's sound bite, "A date that will live in infamy!" (though it took years before I learned who actually was saying it!). I saw on Facebook last night an overhead shot of Pearl Harbor and how one can walk over the ship, except in the shot, you could view the ship underwater. I cannot imagine that time, but I think the closest that I can relate to was on September 11, 2001, when we were attacked.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Dec 12
hi scorpio babes yes I was a teen and lived through that wild crazy awful time. It is becoming harder and harder for me to write about this as I remember all too vividly . We were shocked when we heard the news on the radio and my dad was angry and my mom cried. The president spoke and told us that America had just gone to war.The time that followed seemed frantic with the jitterbug dance craze. the parties and sending off family members to the 'armed services. We all smiled but the tension was always there too. Women were being trained to rivet and weld and build war machinery so the men could go of to war.Along the coasts people were being taught to put up blackout curtains in case of war raids which never happened thank goodness.
• United States
9 Dec 12
I can't imagine what it must have been like-what a scary time that must have been! My parents were children then-my father was five years old but my mom was only 3, and no one in my family ever talked about that time. My father's father worked at the Philadelphia Naval Yard in the turbine room; I believe he did a lot of electronic work. I guess that the 9/11 attack was similar to Pearl Harbor in that it united our country. What's tragic is that it takes such a horrendous act to unify us and make us proud to be Americans.
@ElicBxn (60802)
• United States
8 Dec 12
I don't mean to be disrespectful, but if I wasn't reminded, I probably wouldn't remember this day. Heck, I have trouble remembering major things because I never get days off! Oh yeah, and I need to call my supervisor and tell her that I'll be short a few hours on the 18th because of a doctor's appointment and afternoon obligations. I only have to tell my client that I'll be late on Wednesday because of a dental appointment and another obligation after it.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Dec 12
hi ElicBxn you are not disrespectful at all. I am sorry you are so booked up as that can get stressful. I have been putting off getting blood work done and seeing a gastrointestinal sp specialist to get me to have a colonoscopy done u gh'I hate the getting ready part, the procedure itself is painless. and now too I am late to see my own primary care doctor for my diabetic checkup;. I hate that 'I have procrastinated so much. I never used to be like this at all. I remember D ec 7 as I was an impressionable teen at the time. this era was tense and silly andg gay and frenetic too; We had silly songs, zoot suits, dancing the jitterbug, rationing of sugar, meat, and gas. The Andrew sisters were popular and went overseas to entertain the troops. I just hope that never again will I see the whole world at war.
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@ElicBxn (60802)
• United States
9 Dec 12
I hope that no one ever sees the whole world at war again. It was quite bad enough then, now it could be so much worse.
@williamjisir (22904)
• China
16 Dec 12
Hello Hatley. I got to know the second world war from books on history and I watched a lot of movies about the Second World War as well as The Pearl Harbor from movies as well. Those movies demonstrated to us what was happening all around the world. I feel very sorry for the happening of World War II, in which so many unfortunate deaths were caused in Asia and Europe. I think that we have learned a lot from the history itself that a peaceful world is needed for our survival and our environment as well. A peaceful mind is needed as well. Thanks for the discussion, Hatley.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Dec 12
hi william yes indeed we have peace and I pray all the time that we never e er get into a World war again.We need peace in our hearts wherever we are for our own people and the community of the world. Mylot is a good example of how we from all over get along with each other so well too.I am very proud of being a friend to people from all over our shrinking world.
• India
10 Dec 12
MOM I was born 19th august 1945, i was told later, war was going on, then India was under British rule , so troops that included Indians were sent too, the bombs were drooped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Dec 12
hi professor I had read that the men in the plane that bvombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki were all pretty mentally disturbed afterwards. I do not mean they went insane but just that it was a painful time for them considering what they were doing.As a fourteen year old at the time of Pear harbor I was very impressionable. and I felt like th older young people and adults all seemed almost otoo gay as they had lots of dance parties and parties to s end off relatives to the war. the jitterbug dance crazy was popular and jive music was going on and yet as a kid I thought they were really very worried under all that gaiety.
@KrauseHome (35026)
• United States
9 Dec 12
Well, this was before I was born, but it is an important day in history and I think will always be a more prominent time to remember. So many things happened that day that have helped change and shape the US to what it is today. For you to be alive then, that is a special day for sure.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Dec 12
hi Tina yes I was fourteen and very impressionable. my mom cried at the news and my dad swore that they should have been prepared and fought back.All the boys of 18 were drafted and I acted in the senior play a long with an all girl cast taking boys p arts. only two boys left in the senior class and they were fou r f.Ration books came out, we could not buy all the meat or sugar we wanted and gas was also rationed., the Jitterbug became a frantic craze and it seemed like there were more parties than usual. either entertaining a draftee home on leave or sending one off to war. I hope nobody here has to ever go through that again.
@Kalyni2011 (3503)
• India
9 Dec 12
MOM I was burn in 1952, i read about this in history only
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Dec 12
hi Kalyni I was fourteen and very impressionable. I watched my dad and moms reactions to hearing Pear Harbor had b een attacked, My dad y elled and my mom cried and I guess I did too. two years later there were hardly any boys left in our classes as they had been drafted and sent overseas. some came back and a lot did not. so young .we had rationing of food sugar and of gas too.,women were enlisted to go into the defense plants to work so the men could take off for the war zones. It was an odd time as there were lots of parties dancing the jitterbug and peple being almost too gay as if hiding a lot of worry underneath it all.those living on our coasts were made to put up black out curtains in case we were attacked but thank God we were never attacked. they did find a stray Japanese torpedo after in the water off the coast from Florida
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
9 Dec 12
I am far too young to remember Pearl Harbor in my own life. However, I do have some memories of the day because of the fact that my grandfather was a World War II veteran and it was always a day that had a large impact on him. You see, he was one of the individuals that was stationed in the South Pacific so he remembered the reactions of those people and throughout the rest of his life, he was always very depressed every year when the anniversary of Pearl Harbor rolled around.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Dec 12
hi dorannnmwin Yes I have met some elderly vets who really hated to talk about it.one was in a concentration camp in Germany and one was captued by the Japanese. Tjey had some awfu l experiences and would talk about it then weep after word as they just seemed to be reliving it.I feel like I gre w up fast after P earl Harbor and really did not get much of a teen age at all. People were almost too gay a nd I mean that in the dictionary sense, as if covering up the worries they all had that their sons,brothers, fathers, cousins would not return.they jitterbugged and dnace crazy dances,sung crazy songa and a lot of women went tow rk in defense plants too.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
8 Dec 12
Hi Hatley, I was only three at the time, so I have no memory of it at all. Of course, I remember my parents speaking of it in later years and from history. My parents would not have spoken of it when I was within earshot anyway, as they were careful about not scaring the children. Blessings.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Dec 12
hi Pose yes it was indeed a s cary time and bombin P earl harbor caused us to enter the war. I was 14 or15 and a teen so impressionable t oo.We were all so tense as we knew we would lose our relatives, our friends and we knew it was going to be a brutal war. I remember listening to both the President Roosevelt speech and Sir Winston Churchhills addresses and feeling scared as we were told America was joining in the war. I saw my male classmates slowly leave as more ans more y ung men were drafted. it was a frenetic time with us singing silly songs, dancing the jitterbug, buying war bonds, getting rationing books to get only so much sugar or meat or gas for our cars. The Andrew Sisters were popular and went overseas to entertain the troops as did the movie actess B tty Grable. We lost friends, brothers, some sisters, fathers but we did help to win the war. A scary frenetic time with musical movies galore and dancing and partying and worrying about loved ones.not glamorous like the war movies made it seem bu t brutal it was war.
@ajk111 (2527)
8 Dec 12
I asked my mother about her memories of Pearl Harbour and she said that in the UK it was met with shock which later turned to relieve when it sank in that this dreadful event could be the catalyst to changing the tide of the war. That may sound a harsh attitude but i guess things had not been going too well within the european arena and the UK felt isolated against the german war machine and as a 12 yr old (my mother) it must of been a scary time as she was evacuateed to Ireland away from her family.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Dec 12
i yes I remember reading and hearing on the radio English children being sent to other countries as Brittain was being bombed and bombed some more.I read about how some people became friends with others when in the bomb shelters in England du ring the war. And how when Amrica joined the others in the War that the British were glad to see us as it was turning the tide of the war. As a teen I felt the tension and fear and that forced gayity as though we were tryhing to cover up all our fears by silly songs, and going to muscial movies and doing the jitterbug. yet under the pretend gayness was the fear and worry as almost everyone had a family member in t he armed forces.I think that Pearl Harbor was indeed the turning point as before we had tried to keep out but now we had no choice but t join the others a nd help stop the Jaapnese and the Germans.; I think that those of us in our teens then grew up much faster then iids do now days and more serious m inded too.