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Pearl Harbor attack
Pearl Harbor attack

The capsized USS Oklahoma and the USS Maryland after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
"Dec. 7, 1942
Today was the day last year in which this whole mess started. Last year it was Sunday.
I was busy outside that morning, so I didn't hear about it when it happened. However in the afternoon business slowed down to a stand still, not a customer came for about an hour so I went back to the house and turned on the radio. The announcer kept butting in "Attention to all servicemen. Report at once to your station. All leaves cancelled." Then tuning in on a news broadcast I heard the stunning news. "Pearl Harbor bombed! About fifty planes came over the harbor at etc." I turned off the radio and rushed out front and told ma and pa.
That night we all felt as if we were in still having a nightmare. Obasan called and told about what was happening in L.A. That night we all went to sleep wondering what was going to happen. Little did I know then that one year later I would be in Heart Mountain Wyo. in a evacuation camp."
Stanley Hayami Diary, Japanese American National Museum
Courtesy of National Archives

December 7, 1941