- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press (March 8, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1432749153
- ISBN-13: 978-1432749156
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Memoirs of a Navy Brat: A Girl's Adventure During the Depression and World War II Paperback – March 8, 2010
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face, she writes, of the Japanese pilot in the plane flying over her house. I submit she saw such a face in a movie, perhaps, and she conflated it with an actual pilot. I also submit that it would be impossible to discern the face of a pilot flying a plane capable of speeds over 300 miles an hour. I, too, saw the planes fly over my childhood home in Pearl Harbor naval housing on Dec. 7, 1941. But I do not have any memory of seeing the pilots. I lived but a few blocks from the writer at the time -- and was a fellow passenger on the SS Lurline after the evacuation to the States. Her account is poorly written with numerous grammatical errors, but that's okay; it's a memoir of an untrained writer. She does digress often into details of her childhood that have nothing to do with being a Navy brat. Boring, but I suppose that's okay, too, for a memoir of an amateur writer.
That idyllic life came to a shattering end on December 7th. The sixth-grader at Alliolani Elementary School describes the spent shells falling like rain from the attacking Japanese planes. Days later she had to run through a tent filled with tear gas to test her gas mask. Christmas dinner that year consisted of spam with pineapple. By February, she as waving goodbye to her father as she and her mother and sister boarded a ship for the crossing back to the mainland
Memoirs of a Navy Brat brings this all to life in a way that only an eye-witness can.
James F. Lee, author of Safe Passage: The Civilian Evacuation of Hawaii after Pearl Harbor, available on Kindle.