Remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor through the eyes of students
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In October, President Obama declared that a major chapter in American military history was about to come to a close... PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over. As the year comes to its end, it’s a time to reflect on what America’s involvement in Iraq has meant to this country and to the Middle East. And, today – December 7 – brings us an opportunity to consider another military milestone: the attack on Pearl Harbor. You might think, after so many years, that we know everything there is to know about the events that unfolded after the Pearl Harbor bombing. But one group whose story has rarely been told is university students. For most of them, the biggest concern on December 6, 1941, was preparing for final exams. Two days later, the nation was at war. Many left school to join the fight. Others stayed on, working at wartime factories to pay their expense. Sam Redman a cultural historian with UC Berkeley’s Regional Oral History Office joins me to talk about how the attack on Pearl Harbor affected Bay Area colleges.
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December 7, 2011
HOLLY KERNAN: So tell me about some of these people you have spoken with?
SAM REDMAN: As part of our larger WWII Homefront oral history project we’ve had an opportunity to speak to a number of people who were university students at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor and for these young men and woman, it really was a major turning point in their lives. Do they stay in school? Do they continue their studies? Do they leave school and join the military? Some were eventually drafted and many found work at places like the shipyards in the Bay Area.
KERNAN: And you spoke to one woman, Marian Ross, who was studying at Mills College in Oakland on the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor. And she remembered the news of the bombing and how the president of the college, Aurelia Henry Reinhardt, talked with students about it. So let’s hear from Marian Ross.
MARIAN ROSS: I first heard about the bo...
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