another one of us are glad that you joined the thread.
i love to hear first hand history.
your recollection of dec 7 1941 is probably very similar to the young people's
where they were and what went thru their minds on sept 11 2001.
a polaris sub!! my son is nuke engineer for dept of defense on subs at portsmouth currently working on the dallas.
Originally Posted by Orrin
I was wonering if I should join this thread, since my memories go a lot farther back.
When Kennedy was shot, I was on the job as an engineer working on a computer
for the Polaris submarine, and was out of school long after those 'fallout' drills.
When Kennedy gave his 'Cuban Missile' speach, I was teaching an evening
physics class at a local Long Island university and fortunately someone in the
class had a portable radio.
Just before my 8th birthday, I remember a neighboring farmer stopping by to tell
us to turn on a radio, because Pearl Harbor had been attacked.
I also remember the first time I saw and aircraft that wasn't a biplane, was when an
Army Air Force P38 flew over our central Wisconsin town.
At the age of 8, did you have any idea what Pearl Harbor was?
No, not at the time. The war did not have much effect on the farming communities.
There was some rationing that I remember.. mainly gas and meat, but on a farm
there was always available meat. A couple of years later we moved to Racine in
southern Wisconsin where my dad got a job working in a tractor factory that was
then bulding airplane parts. He was the first of our family line to give up farming. http://orrin.org/edwards/
I found a website which is basically a collection of thousands of stories and letters written by people who experienced WW2. Whether military or civilian, they were facinating stories. My mother wrote to this site and told of her experience growing up in London during the Blitz. She was 4 years old and had to be taken from her parents and moved to the countryside. This was mandated by the government to "Save the generation". She was gone for 2 years. She had a lot of stories to tell us kids.
I am also glad you spoke of your memories...that was pretty cool....My mom and I were cleaning out one of her old keepsake boxes and came upon a bunch of half used ration coupons from WWII.....I was amazed, never really knew they were used. I probably learned it in school, but wasn't one of those things a kid worries about remembering...
I remember the day JFK was killed, but not much else about it...I guess I was about 5years old...
Also love it when you post on the humor page....you slay me !!!!!