I know I’m 3 days late. Sixty-eight years & 3 days ago the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. It’s rather long ago for a “Where were you when thread”, but we do have some Dopers old enough to remember Pearl Harbor. The rest of us have probally been stories stold by older relatives who were alive then. What are yours? Do we have any Dopers who actually witnessed Pearl Harbor first-hand? Or had relatives who were there?
I only remember bits & pieces of what my grandmother told me. Her high school had an assembly on the 8th to listen to President Roosevelt ask Congress for a declaration of war on the radio. She told me that after his speech most of the senior boys “walked right out of school” down the the recruiting office. During the War itself they got visits from recruiters from the new women’s services (WACs, WAVES, etc) and Nurse Corps, but not the alot for the boys (presumably the draft board handled that). Everyone also had to take a “Victory Garden class” and the girls all had to learn first aid with the boys basically serving as practice dummies. Oh and air raid drills. In rural Pennsylvania. When she got older she worked in a munitions factory. My grandfather joined the Navy and served in the Pacific.