Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Most people who know about Pearl Harbor, the battle that brought America fully into World War II, believe that the Japanese attack was completely without warning. The common misconception is that the first indication of attack occurred when Japanese bombs starting raining from the skies. But before the planes of … Continue reading The First Shots Of Pearl Harbor
Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent The recent efforts to integrate women into America’s combat units signify a far different attitude than the enormous resistance they faced during World War II. Female participation in the U.S. Armed Forces during the global conflict was a major turning point in the military’s relationship with women. Facing a worldwide, … Continue reading Ruston’s Female Invasion
Mary K. Hamner Piney Woods Journal Correspondent She was just a little girl and she was scared! The old kerosene lamp didn't make much light and that light flickered and caused eerie shadows across the walls of the room. Why was her Mother putting quilts over the windows? Was it to keep something or someone … Continue reading Louisiana ‘Maneuvers’ Bought ‘War’ to Region
Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent 1943. The world was at war. The needs of the American military diverted resources once devoted to building cars and feeding families to the war effort. People dutifully supported the fight by purchasing bonds, recycling scrap metal, volunteering, and knitting socks for soldiers. With much of the country's processed food … Continue reading Home Gardeners Helped Win Victory in the War
Pearl Harris August 14, 2011 I was just looking at my calendar and saw that August 14th was V-J Day. I can picture in my mind exactly where I was on that day at 6 p.m. I was working in the Payroll Office of Lion Oil in El Dorado, AR, in the Exchange Building, at … Continue reading Recalling V-J Day
Pearl Harris I think I'm tired of trying to remember 70 year old events. If you have been watching TV this week you know that there has been a lot of WWII material available. To me it has been a bit confusing. Of course, at times all this information was not available to us. I … Continue reading Memories – Good, Bad, Confusing & Wonderful
Pearl Harris No, not the trunk of the car - it's what the old trunks used to hold. They were always a kind of mystery to me. It seems that whatever was valuable was put in a trunk and locked. What brought these memories of trunks back to me was a picture of an antique … Continue reading What’s in the Trunk?
Pearl Harris On Oct 29, 2013 I will be 95 years old. I know there are a lot of people older than I am - but I'm only speaking for me. Folks, that is nearly a century. I had always thought of a century as being a lot of years. But time has a way … Continue reading Where Did They Go? The Years!
Pearl Harris One of my young friends, who I've been writing about who checks on me, asked me to go see the movie, "The Last Ounce of Courage". Babs Bryan was the young lady who took me to lunch and the movie. If you have not seen this movie, I would certainly recommend it. It … Continue reading LOST: Some of our Freedoms!
Pearl Harris As of Sunday, May 27th, the day before Memorial Day I watched television mostly all afternoon. On one station it was about World War II. This man told his story and it was like I had heard so many times from my husband before he passed away. It was a long time before … Continue reading War Memories – WWII
Vina Greer Henry December 8, 1941, 11:30 AM Central Standard Time, Athens High School, Athens, Louisiana. I will never forget this day, no matter how long I live. Mr. Whatley, the principal, called an assembly and turned on the radio for all to hear. The President of the United States was scheduled to address a … Continue reading Memories of One Woman’s Contribution to the War Industry Following Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harris I think perhaps what made me write about this is that two of my husband's buddies from the Air Force visited us. One was from Kentucky and one from Texas. It has been quite a while since we had seen them. I fixed a nice lunch for them and their wives and we … Continue reading Memories of WWII