I wrote this paper for my history class for the fall 2013 semester. I had to conduct an ‘interview’ about an event in history that greatly effected someone. A few topics were discussed in the interview, so I decided to include them all in my interview. The facts that I researched were found in the links at the bottom of the paper. Enjoy the read!
I had the great experience of conducting an interview with my grandmothers husband named Julius, better known in the world as “Zuke”. He decided for some unknown reason not to tell me his birthday, but he did tell me that he was born in 1931. The period in history that he said that he remembers the most and that affected him the most would be the event of Pearl Harbor. He distinctively remembers the event when he was a young 10 year old boy waiting for Sunday school to start. It was December 7 1941 Sunday school was about to start when the news pierced his ears that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. In the back row of his class, he sat hearing the devastating news confused as to what was happening. He had never heard of this thing called “War” before this day.
The attack on Pearl Harbor started on December 7 1941. It was a Sunday morning about 7:48 local time in Hawaii. The fleet consisted of 353 Japanese war fighters, bombers, and torpedo planes. These planes came at Hawaii in two different waves and were launched from six different air craft carriers. The death toll from this attack was extremely larger compared to the amount the Japanese lost. There was approximately 2402 Americans killed and an additional 1282 injured. This is compared to the 65 Japanese service men and one sailor that were captured. This is the event that leads America to join in the world war two and came as a big shock to the American people. The very next day the United States of America declared war on japan.
As a young boy, this knowledge of war had never been brought up in his young life. The fact of violence happening in the world was very disturbing to him and made this a day in his life that he will never forget. He told me that he remembers every detail of the day, but didn’t want to explain much of the details with me. I was also informed that if I were to go and ask any of his friends that were still living that they would say the same thing about the day. I feel like he did not want to go into great detail about the day just due to the fact of the bad memories he has from it.
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