My grandpa was in the bombing of pearl harbor and got very little wounds. We are very fortunate of that because my grandpa could have been one of the millions that got wounds or died. The only wound he got was a bullet to the leg which led to surgery. My grandpa now is a really healthy man and i thank God for him not dead.
Although relatively few Japanese Americans from Hawaii were interned, the bombing of Pearl Harbor and WWII brought nasty, uncertain, and controversy-filled times for them.
My mother died three years ago. She and Dad were Nissei, the children of plantation workers.
When my siblings and I went through her papers, we came across a letter from the Sweedish Counsulate. In it, the Sweedish Counsul grants neutrality status to my father, his wife (Mom), and Dad's youngest brother. They had all been born on US soil but were so afraid of being taken from their homes and placed in camps that they reached for any straw that seemed within their grasp.
How sad that my parents had felt so threatened by their own country!
I was 11 years old in 1941. Lived in Seattle and one good thing came because of the war. I know what the Milky Way looks like. For over a year we had a blackout and then the rest of the war it was called grayout. Some of our best friends were from China and Japan. I was proud of my dad in the way he defended them. It was easy to hate because of all the news and later movies. As the saying goes War is Hell. But if the draft age started at 55 we would'nt have any. I think in one way the war made me aware of doing without. My family was lucky no deaths and only one POW..
I am interested in hearing from those born after World War II.
I am one that felt that it was a very hard time to grow up with the old school teachings and the sterotype personalities they wanted me to be. I was wanting to be myself.
So, we had to come out from our ancestors strict teachings and struggle to know who we were and have the chance to experience different choices.
I still live with guilt of not conforming to their rules, but I have to remind myself that it was natural for me to be different and unique.
Please send me your experiences.
I would really appreciate it. You can make it as long as you want or share whatever you want about your childhood.
Could you please tell me your year of birth and where you were born and grew up.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I don't understand why we must go on with these wars. Why must war be the solution or key to complete freedom. I believe that war is just putting the lives of many into danger. I have family that is out on Italy that has something to do with this war. War is just pulling many families apart. World War Two cahnged the lives of many, and I am sure that nobody wants to go back to those times. I just want to say two thumbs down to this horrible war. May God bless all of our soldiers.