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Dec. 7, 1941

Story ID:6583
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:1941
Person:Pvt. Chelsea Kansas Kid
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On the 7th of December 1941

I was changing a flat
On Paul Brants Chevrolet
Parked in front of his Ranch House
On that fateful day.

Paul came out of the house
Told his son, Bob, and I
That the Japs had bombed Pearl Harbor
I shrugged my shoulders and with a sigh

I felt the sneak attack didn't seem close to me
I was only fifteen
It did not worry me, not realizing
That I would be on the scene.

After basic training
On the troop ship headed overseas
We anchored outside Pearl Harbor
Then the damage I could see

The super structures of the sunken ships
Standing grotesquely just above the water
Brought the whole incident before me
Of the carnage and the slaughter,

Of thousands of servicemen
And Hawaiian personnel
Didn't have a chance
And were blown all to hell.

Our boys fought for three years
I barely missed the war
Harry had dropped the A-Bomb
I was transferred to the XXIV Corps,

So every seventh of December
I remember exactly where I was on that day
A little North of Chelsea, Kansas
Fixing a flat on Paul Brants 1940 Chevrolet.

Monte L. Manka Dec. 7, 2010