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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
retired mother of four