Marcy S., age 17, Tennessee

Cold, bright. Helen came rushing down about 2:00 to inform us that Japanese planes had bombed Hawaii and Manila. We nearly passed out, but rose to the emergency and turned on the radio. In a few minutes Mr. Kattenborn came on and we got our fill of war news. Well, we’re really in it now. Helen and I were so mad at the Japs we nearly broke the dishes while washing and drying them. We just had to tell someone so we hiked over to Mary’s and they hadn’t heard the news. Mary couldn’t believe it. They invited us in and turned on the radio. Poor Mary — she kept looking as if she were going to burst into tears. Helen and I pounced on each other every few minutes in a rush of anger — Christian love had all but fled!