What was your family doing on December 7th, 1941? Could they see the attacking Japanese aircraft? Could they see and hear the explosion? The Author could!
For most Americans, the attack on Pearl Harbor was something terrible happening in a far off foreign place and lifestyle changes were gradual. For those in Honolulu, the change was instantaneous and drastic.
The young storyteller ignores the warning from the radio and races outside to witness the attack. The unfortunate fact that so many people who witnessed the attack are deceased lends even more importance to the narrative.
The rapidly changing lens of the storyteller snaps from the Japanese fleet back to his family on the eve of war. In a story rich with contrasts, this transition between the Japanese forces and his typical pre-war family life provides a stark comparision that epitomizes the story.
"This true life story brings new dimensions a insights to my visits to the Arizona Memorial and other Decemther 7th sites in Hawaii." --Dr. Frederick Heydrick, National Instittutes of Health
"For anyone who may have wondered what it might be like to see one's home town bombed and be in danger of invasion, Lachman gives the perspective of an eyewitness to the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was there and it changed his view of paradise."--Dr. James Boston, Professor Emeritus, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland
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May 21, 2008
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