Danville Express

Perspective - December 7, 2007


Asked at senior bridge morning at Vets Hall

Do you remember hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor?

It was Sunday, of course, and a boy I was dating called and told us - we didn't have our radio on. Right away he was wondering if he'd have to go. This was in Riverside, Ill. My family all sat around the radio listening to the news.

Jerri Kaldem

Well retired

I was in college - Chapel Hill, N.C. - I lived in Chicago. I was 20 years old. We knew it meant we'd all be going to war. I joined the Navy. I became an officer and acting chaplain and was in 26 landings. We landed Sherman tanks in the Mariana Islands, the Philippines and Okinawa. After the war was over, I was in Japan for the occupation.

Bob Rantz

retired businessman

I was living in Canada. I was in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and we heard right away. Everybody was very upset. I went overseas in 1942 to the ETO (European Theater of Operations).

Lois Maguire

retired from volunteering for Clausen House

I was working the third shift for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita. They announced it over the loudspeaker. It pretty well shut things down. I went into the U.S. Army.

Daniel Bird

retired aeronautical engineer

I lived in England during World War II. I was in the British Army; I'd been drafted. Everybody was shocked, but in a way we knew it would be good for us if the U.S. entered the war. I married an American who came over.

Kay Conover

retired mother of four


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