This diary entry was written by a 17 year old High School Senior who was living at Hickam Field, Hawaii, at the time of the Japanese bombing on December 7, 1941. Any references to last names have been deleted, except for those well known names of persons noted in historical documents. First names are those actually used by the individuals mentioned. Other than the above mentioned editing, all content is exactly as written in the diary.
Sunday, December 7, 1941
BOMBED! 8:00 in the morning. Unkown attacker so far! Pearl Harbor in flames! Also Hickam hanger line. So far no houses bombed here.
5 of 11:00. We've left the post. It got too hot. The PX is in flames, also the barracks. We made a dash during a lull. Left everything we own there. Found out the attackers are Japs. Rats!!! A couple of non-com's houses demolished. Hope Kay is O.K. We're at M's. It's all so sudden and surprising I can't believe it's really happening. It's awful. School is discontinued until further notice...there goes my graduation.