Pearl Harbor was bombed seventy years ago today. My mom, Lillian Koroschetz, started a brand new diary on New Year's Eve, 1941 reflecting back on the previous year and the effects the barely three-week-old war was already having on the every-day lives of Americans.
See this link at Naval History and Heritage for a thumbnail sketch of why the attack in Hawaii was such a surprise and how it enraged and united Americans into a singular resolve to defeat Japan as well as the German Nazi and Italian Fascist regimes.
|Wreckage of the USS Arizona after attack on Pearl Harbor|
Image from Wikipedia "Day of Infamy speech"
|President Roosevelt delivers his "Day of Infamy"" speech|
12/8/1941. (Wikipedia image). Within an hour after the
speech, Congress declared war on Japan.
Ever practical and pro-active, Lil was planning for how she would personally respond to the the war.
Next week: Lil's leaves the topic of war behind to prepare for New Year's Eve and be "damn mad" at Fred for not asking her out!