Dublin woman recalls Pearl Harbor attack, The Columbus Dispatch
Muriel Tice was 15 on Dec. 7, 1941… the school herded her and the rest of the students into a basement. On the way, she remembers looking up and seeing Japanese planes.
The girls could hear explosions outside. They started singing to keep themselves occupied. One of the songs was The Queen’s Prayer. A translation of the last lines of the song: “And so, O Lord, protect us beneath your wings, and let peace be our portion, now and forever more.”
Minnesota Woman, 95, was a Navy spouse at Pearl Harbor Attack, Grand Forks Herald
Radio announcements warned civilians to stay indoors and to boil water in case it had been poisoned. Lights were prohibited. Even the glow of a lit cigarette at night was said to be dangerous.
‘This is no drill’: Pearl Harbor nurse recalls attacks, Grand Forks Herald
She reported to her station in the medical ward below decks, and soon casualties arrived — young men with fractured arms and legs, broken backs “and lots of shrapnel wounds,” she said. Many of the patients were covered in oil and suffering from burns.
“I could see the Navy men coming to the store, and two Naval officers came in and said they had sad news,” Mahon said recently. “They said my husband was on the ship.”
“I sat there like in a trance,” she said, 70 years later. “It was like the long view in a movie.”
Within the first three days, Queens Hospital put a call out for blood donations. Cameron and her mother immediately went to donate. But there was a problem, donors were supposed to be 17 years old. Cameron was only 16.
Cameron’s mother grabbed her arm and handed it to the nurses. “My mother said ‘She’s a nice healthy girl, you take the blood,’” Cameron recalled. “My mother just said ‘Take it, take it.’”
Asheville woman recalls Pearl Harbor, Citizen-Times
Peggy Batchelder, newly pregnant, didn’t know for five days whether her husband was alive or dead as she volunteered on a telephone switchboard at the base… “I think about it every year,” she said. “I think I’m lucky to have had a husband for better than 60 years before he died.”