He did not speak very often about his wartime experiences. I do know that he enlisted in the Navy so that he could protect his widowed mother and his sister, and insure that the enemy who bombed Pearl Harbor would not attack their homeland. I know this because he shared that with me when I was in college. Last year, my sister surprised me by framing this wonderful tribute to our father and his service during WWII.
Yes, we remember!
The portion of the original newspaper page that my father saved from December 8, 1941, is preserved in this frame.
Details of the Japanese attacks were printed in the newspaper, as well as the entire text of the message delivered to Congress by President Roosevelt asking for a Declaration of War.
There is a record included in this tribute to Dad, too. One that he recorded.
This is what Dad wrote on the label: