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Dec. 8th, 1941

The event that everyone knew was to take place sooner or later took place. I went to work at 7:30 a.m. and saw Capt. Francis D.C. driving to his quarters. He informed me that Pearl Harbor had been bombed by the Japanese and that the 57th was alerted as was everyone else. It lookec like war really had come to us. I immediately returned to my quarters packed everything in my trunk and boxes. Took my uniform, toilet articles and all necessary field clothing in a barracks bag. I was not to return to my quarters for the duration. To think of all the many pretty things I am leaving behind; all those lovely things I bought for Mary yesterday. Little did I realize when I brought them yesterday that today we would be at war. I pray that I may come out of this safely. Upon reporting to Regt. Hqrs. I immediately prepared the Med. Det. for dispatch and drew my field equipment. At 11:30 a.nm. we pulled out to the outer edge of McKinley with the CP at close range to BUSTOS FURNITURE FACTORY. I went to the officers club for lunch and dinner after that we were on field rations.