Second World War: December 7, 1941 - A Sleepy Sunday Morning

Woman remembers waking up to the radio announcing the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entry into the Second World War on the morning of December 7, 1941.

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Our furnished one-room apartment was unfamiliar to me. I slowly turned over and my back touched the warm body next to me. I reached out and switched on the radio to some sleepy Sunday morning music. It was December 7, 1941, right before our entry into the Second World War.

Without warning, a crackling of static interrupted, and "Japan has attacked United States," blared out.

I sat right up in bed. How could a tiny island such as Japan attack a country of such enormity as the United States? It must be a joke like the "War of the Worlds," a program by Orson Welles.

Bill awakened and drowsily said, "What's going on?"

"Pearl Harbor is being bombed by Japan," I said.

"I don't believe it," said Bill.

I turned to Bill and said, "I'm not even used to being married yet. The world can't do this to us." Stunned disbelief, anger, frustration and anxiety took over our thoughts.

"It can't be true," I remarked. But it was!

Ruth Carroll Foster
East Hartford, Connecticut


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