Re: Pearl Harbor Day, 7-12-1943 / 7-12-2009.
THREE MEMORABLE DAYS;
Dec. 6, 1941 I was a raw recruit "buck-ass private" with Hq. Sq., 3rd Bomb. Gp. at Savannah Army Air Base in Savannah, Ga.It was Christmas furlough time.Having been in the service only three months I had to take mine early and only got 7 days.That was not enough time to get to my home in S.Dak. and back.My Sister, Shirley, was working in Washington, D.C.Also my boyhood pal, Ervin Von Wald and family had moved there.The morning of the 6th I boarded a bus and headed for D.C.Arrived in the evening and was met by my Sis and Erv.
Dec. 7, 1941, I stayed with Erv and family and got to Mass Sun. morning with them.We were havingSunday dinner that afternoon and Erv and I walked up to the corner drug store to get ice cream for desert.They had the radio on and were getting the bulliten that Pearl Harbor was being attacked by the japanese.Erv was attending Cath. U. and later took me over to the future home of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.At the time the sublevel was all that was completed.Needless to say that nite I received a telegram to report back to base PDQ.There was no bus out until Monday evening.
Dec. 8, 1941.Since I couldn't get abus out until that nite Erv gave me a whirl wind tour of our Nation's Capitol.We were standing across the street from the Capitol photographing it at the time FDR was declaring war on the japanese empire.Then he showed me many other important places.Included was the Washington Monument and a trip to the top.That nite I boarded that bus and headed back to Savannah.
I had been scheduled to attend Photography Sch. in Denver in Jan.Dec. 7, 1941 had a profound effect on a lot of lives, not the least of which was mine.Jan. 19, 1942 we boarded a troop train and headed west.Jan. 31, 1942 we boarded the U.S.S. Ancon, sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge and headed west.They were, indeed, three memorable days in my life.