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Date Posted: Wed, June 01 2005, 13:42:19
Author: Jeff Northridge
Author Host/IP: dialup-4.246.108.187.Dial1.SanJose1.Level3.net / 4.246.108.187
Subject: My Late Wife
In reply to: Jaclyn Olsen 's message, "my grandpa" on Wed, June 01 2005, 6:58:31

Howdy Jaclyn;

My late wife, Marie, was also at Pearl Harbor on 12/7/41. She was only four years old at the time. Marie was always an early riser and had gone down to the beach at Pearl City which is at the northeastern end of Pearl Harbor. That saved her life because the shack where her beach-comber parents and an elder brother were sleeping was blown up killing all three of them. To this day we don't know if it was a Japanese bomb or friendly fire--probably it was friendly fire since the Japanese were not likely to waste a bomb on a civilian target.

Marie was scared and hid for hours under an overturned boat. I asked her once why she was scared assuming that it was because of all of the explosions and shooting that was going on. She told me, "No, it was the fires and smoke that scared me." Marie was orphaned and spent the next year as a street urchin before being taken back to Tacoma, WA by a GI.

Even after 50 years, she would instinctively duck at low-flying aircraft. I was driving her to a college class one day and a small plane flew by. Marie dived down to the floor of my pickup and was trying to crawl under the passenger seat.

Not very many people know that in addition to the approximately 2500 GIs who lost their lives on that day, there were also about 60 civilians as well.

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