In a few weeks, on December 7, 2011, America will observe the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. On Sunday, December 7, 1941, at about 7:55 in the morning, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing 2,390 Americans. Sunday morning was a time of rest and relaxation for some of the servicemen at Pearl Harbor. At the time of the attack, some were sleeping, some were eating breakfast, some were getting ready to go to church. They had no idea that they would shortly be attacked. Minutes later the explosions started. The explosions, the fire and smoke, and enemy fire made them realize they were indeed, under attack. In spite of the surprise, they reached their weapons within minutes and were trying to shoot down the Japanese planes. The attack came as a shock to the American people and led directly to the American entry into World War II. The following day, December 8, the United States declared war on Japan.
Almost 70 years later, the number of Americans who served at Pearl Harbor on that day is very small. But there are still some veterans of Pearl Harbor in the area, or people who have stories of relatives and friends who were there, accounts of how they learned of the attack and how parents, spouses, children, brothers and sisters, felt about the attack.
The Reformer would like to hear your stories, or just learn the names of survivors as well as those who lost their lives in the attack, and share them with our readers.
Please send your stories or the names of Pearl Harbor veterans to the Reformer at P.O. Box 187, Raleigh, Mississippi, 39153, bring them by the office in Raleigh, or e-mail to email@example.com by November 25, 2011. They will be published in the December 7, 2011, edition.