(My Mother's handwritten account of the Pearl Harbor attack continued..)
Everybody here in Schofield (was) helping by being cheerful during the lulls. Lee and a few other boys played football during these period, it seemed like an ordinary day.
Mom (Nancy Hulett)
Officers were in different groups chattering away about the situation. Boys were joking and playing games and I was helping the (__) lady next door with her children.
Dad just got home with the news that a Japanese plane was brought down at Kemoo’s. There are more Jap aircraft carriers than we had supposed. We just drowned two of these. Many of the (families?) have gone down to the beaches and places where it will be safe, away from military attachments. We have not decided yet although we think my step mother and step sister will go to the beach, my brother(Lee) will stay and (__) some help to Dad.
Lee Hulett, my uncle
Eye witness to the raid, 17 yrs old,later joined the US Army Air Corps, became paratrooper
Mac Hulett in college at the time, joined US Army Air Corps after the attack, became pilot
I wished to help at the hospital but Dad says they have plenty help. I may go back to St. Francis Convent (Her school ) But I should not like this because I’d like to be with my brother and my family. My fondest hope is to be a help at the hospital which takes care of those brave soldiers who are protecting(_____) for a second time up till now,noon. 60 men have been killed in Hickman field and Wheeler field. The Japanese bombed the hangars at Wheeler and struck our(___) supply hangar. The object of the Japanese is to rule the air and (____ _____) so the civilians need not be freightened.
As I sit now on the front porch I see the soldiers heavily armed, lay a white tape across the lawn so tonight when will occur a blackout, the people can find their way about. Just saw the Bushe’s. They got through even though the roads were blocked. They tell me that while driving down to the beach, dog fights were occurring overhead. We’re all glad they are safe.
Mary Kay and Mom
During this lull Mary Kay and I went all over the place to see the damage. A piece of metal from the bomb which landed in the General’s loop went through a tree approximately 100 ft away and space was scares. I gathered my comb, toothpaste and pajamas while the others (__) the family packed suitcases and all their valuables. I don’t know now whether we will ever see the house again, but I knew that my albums at school were my most valuable property. While waiting in the dark I made a wish that was probably a (__) one. I wished we would lose everything, but what we had to have to live. We, like most of the other officer’s families were living in splendor.
Compiled by cindy Prochnow