We met at a dinner a person who was thirteen in 1941, and he started to talk about
December 7 surprise attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor.
We were sitting down for dinner, when there was a knock at our door. "I will get it!" my
uncle said, while getting up to go to answer the door.
"Please check your block-out curtains, thank you." a voice said. Before my uncle sat
down, he checked the three windows, and made sure the black-out curtains were pulled
tight against the windows so that no light would show.
This took place in San Francisco after the third week of the Japanese attacked on Pearl
Harbor. He said that he was in San Francisco with his family to pick up packages to take
back to Sonora, California. The knock on the door were two civil defense warden that
made sure, in a black-out, that no light was showing through windows.
"Later that night, we started back to Sonora, California, because my father had to be at
work in the morning." he said. "When we got to the Bay Bridge, we were stopped by
MPs: they taped the top part of our car headlights, before we crossed the bridge." We
were asked, "Where are you going so late at night." We told them, "To Sonora,
California." They said, "Keep the tape on your headlights until you reach Sonora."
After an hour of traveling we were, again, stopped by MPs. "A caravan of soldiers will be
coming through and we will have to wait until they pass." we were told by the MPs.
He went on to say that there were many Japanese families living in the Central Valley of
California, which was scary because you did not know whose their alliance was to.
Later we found out that the caravan of soldiers, that we had to wait for, were relocating
December 7, 1941, is an important date to remember because it showed that an
unexpected event can lead to change in the world and in our lives.