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December 8, 1941


When I heard about Pearl Harbor, I knew that my happy little world had crumbled about me. All of us were as certain as night follows day that we would be next. As we went about our work in stunned silence, we wondered gloomily how soon the Japs would strike in the Philippines.

In a few short hours we knew. It was nine hours after Pearl Harbor that the enemy bombed and destroyed nearly all of our planes on the ground at Clark Field. But why were our planes on the ground? Why? Why? We asked each other in bewilderment. Wasn’t the Pearl Harbor treachery sufficient warning?