It was a winter day but my friends and
I were able to "go swimming" thanks to the "Y"
on High St. A dime was the required fee for the use of the pool,
the gym, a locker and I think it even included the use of a towel.
There was a luncheonette room but we had all brought sandwiches
to eat and might invest a nickel for a drink.
Late in the afternoon we were walking through the lobby on our
way out. There was a desk in the lobby, a man sitting at it and
a radio playing. As we passed he said to us, "Did you hear,
the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor?" We walked out the door to
the street and then we asked each other, "What did that guy
say?" During our walk down High St. to the bus stop we passed
more people that told us that "the Japanese had bombed Pearl
During the bus ride home the conversation was about the news.
Many people didn't know where Pearl Harbor was, including us or
why the Japanese would want to bomb it. At home my father, who kept
up with the news from everywhere, explained the events to me.
The next day at school all the talk was of Pearl Harbor. Notices
were delivered to all classes telling of the latest developments
and the main news that the United States was at war with "The
None of my friends were old enough to enlist in any branch of
the military service, we would have to wait till the following year,
which we did. Of the three of us Bob served as a photographer in
the Air Corps, Al as a "line stringer" in the Signal Corps
and me as a member of a Tank Destroyer Battalion. Bob and I were
lucky, Al never made it home.