“The planes were flying so low, we could see the pilots’ goggles and scarves.” UPDATED

So says 97-year-old Myrtle Miller Watson of the Japanese planes flying into Hawaii where she worked as an Army nurse at Schofield Barracks.

“At first, we waved to them. Then, plaster began falling from the ceilings and walls and we saw bullets flying by.”

An Army mechanic and patient quickly identified the enemy planes and pushed her inside, minutes before a Japanese pilot strafed the doorway of the hospital. For years, she kept the bullet that narrowly missed her.

Watson went to work that morning and didn’t leave for three months.

She remembers the fatally wounded soldier, who could barely breathe but asked her to check on his buddy. His jokes about her bright nail polish so moved her that she never painted her nails again.

I can’t imagine.  She continues,

“I repeat this story for the men, who can’t speak for themselves… I tell their stories so they will never be forgotten. I have never forgotten those young men who were so willing and eager to serve their country. It is really important, especially for children in school, to remember this day.”

Thank you, Ma’am, for your service.  We will never forget.

See also: Cassy Fiano at Hot Air and Critical Narrative.

UPDATED: A very good history lesson from Bread Upon the Waters.

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2 Responses

  1. Wow. Great find, I’ll have to put this up at that fb page of mine too. You’re on fire today.

    • Thanks, MJ. Glad I was on fire yesterday– maybe there’ll be enough smoke left for today since I’ve got a sick kid who can’t sleep and a pile of Christmas cards yet to be finished. And dinner. And laundry from vomiting kid last night. And oy. I need more coffee! ; )

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