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Post  kauairosina on 9/12/2015, 2:22 pm

Aren't we the bunch of old coots!  (I would have said something else except it gets cleaned up).  

Where else would we find such a bunch of living histories in one venue?  

I was six years old and we lived in Hickam Housing, right across from Pear Harbor.  I was outside in the yard that Sunday, December 7, 1941, and khaki planes with orange circles came over our houses.  My memory tells me that I saw a pilot's face (kids, what do we know?).  I ran in the house and said to my parents, who were still in bed, "Daddy, Daddy the war is on!" (I found later that many had talked of this coming attack and that is how a child would have such an idea.)

I did this twice and my father said "It's just maneuvers, but we just got our car and we can go out for a drive and watch".  My father died long before I moved to Hawaii so I do not know where we went, up in the hills somewhere.  Next to us was a house that had been hit and people purportedly dead and below was his beloved battle carrier USS California being hit.  ( I got a lot of A's on papers with this remembered story).  It looked like firecrackers exploding on the surface.

My father hustled us back down the mountain, told us not to look out of the windows going through Honolulu (I learned much later why) and deposited us back home while he got on his uniform and went across the water to Ford Island to report for duty in a little put-put boat.

Some Red Cross type people came by and took us to University of Hawaii where we slept on the gymnasium floor and received loving care.  My mother did not know for four days whether my father was still alive.

We stayed on Oahu throughout the war, not being subjected to the rationing that others had on the mainland so preparedness was not an issue.  My father kept me out of school the first year, being sure we would be attacked again because we were so vulnerable.

I was too stupid to be scared and taken such good care of I didn't know to be scared.
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Post  sanderson on 9/12/2015, 7:33 pm

Thank you for sharing. Why didn't your father want you to look out the windows as you drove through Honolulu? I think we fogies and fogettes are a heck of a lot more interesting than Snookie or Zombies.

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Post  kauairosina on 9/12/2015, 9:29 pm

I read many years later that there were casualties on the streets of Honolulu.  Kind of bloody.
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Post  sanderson on 9/12/2015, 9:33 pm

Oh, I didn't know it extended into the City. My ignorance.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/12/2015, 9:39 pm

Wow....great survival stories, all. Amazing! I am glad to "know" ya!
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Post  Kelejan on 9/13/2015, 3:22 am

Rosina:

"I was too stupid to be scared and taken such good care of I didn't know to be scared."

Not a question of being stupid, just inexperience.  During WWII I also was too young to be scared.  It is when you are grownup that you know what bad things can happen.
My husband told me the story of when WWII was declared in England. He said that he jumped up full of excitement and his dad knocked him down and said to him, "You have no idea what is going to happen." DH was about 13 at the time and no doubt all his friends thought the same way.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 9/13/2015, 9:15 am

@sanderson wrote:Oh, I didn't know it extended into the City.  My ignorance.
I didn't either...  Very interesting...

For those who lived thru it - have you done any recording with the folks trying to get all of the WWII stories on tape?  You really should!
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Post  tabletopper on 9/13/2015, 3:28 pm

Last night our power was off for several hours,,,,....I had 3 fans running to keep me cool ....at the present time I am bedridden with a cast on my left leg......electric bed......not working,,,,,,but thanks to my Coleman Quad Lantern on the one lamp table I felt more secure......buy one or 2 my family loves these too.....they come apart....each one has 4 sections.....one for each person to guide them thru darkness,,,,,,great for camping besides for emergency......

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Post  Kelejan on 9/13/2015, 3:36 pm

@tabletopper wrote:Last night our power was off for several hours,,,,....I had 3 fans running to keep me cool ....at the present time I am bedridden with a cast on my left leg......electric bed......not working,,,,,,but thanks to my Coleman Quad Lantern on the one lamp table I felt more secure......buy one or 2 my family loves these too.....they come apart....each one has 4 sections.....one for each person to guide them thru darkness,,,,,,great for camping besides for emergency......

I must look into that, tabletopper. Winter is on its way.
Hope you can get the cast off your leg soon. Take care of yourself.
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Post  sanderson on 9/13/2015, 5:04 pm

TT, Hot climate, no electricity. That cast must have been hot and you must have been miserable in the heat. Sad

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Post  tabletopper on 9/13/2015, 9:28 pm

it was 93 degrees in my bedroom.......dont remember San Diego area being this hot.....with the drought I guess things are worse.....

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Post  tabletopper on 9/13/2015, 9:58 pm

spooky.......as I am writing this about the great Coleman lantern a picture of it shows up in a Sears add........$35.71..........be careful ....camping......one of my daughters lanterns disappeared during the night on the picnic table.........

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Post  sanderson on 9/18/2015, 1:31 am

Today, hubby and I visited the Clovis Botanical Garden. I thought they had a demo SFG section. Nope, wrong info or bad hearing. As we were leaving, 2 Mormon missionary young ladies engaged us. Long story short, one of the LDS churches is holding a Preparedness Fair this Sat. Should be interesting. Maybe I will finally get off my computer chair (ha, you thought I would say something else) and start teaching. It's been a few years since I did public speaking. hiding

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