Thursday, December 6, 2012
Remember Pearl Harbor
71 years ago an event happened that propelled my father into a future he could not imagine. On December 7, 1941 an attack by Japanese forces occurred at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii that propelled the United States into World War II. He was already in the Army Air Corps and was stationed at Eglin Field in Florida. I asked him once what occurred to him there when news of the attack reached his base. He related that someone raced through his camp yelling that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. He remarked that at the time he wondered where Pearl Harbor was and what would be the implications would be of it. In time he would find himself involved with the war effort at his base and his travels later in his career were related to the effects the war had on the United States. It is unknown to me if anyone from Dad's hometown was at Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack but soon afterward his fellow townsmen would be scattered across the globe fighting the good fight. It is to them that this note is dedicated in honor of their service.