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Topic: Dec. 7, 1941 & Dec. 7, 1946
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Dec. 7, 1941 & Dec. 7, 1946

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Posted: Dec 7, 2019 12:31 PM
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On Nov. 25, 1941, the war was raging in Europe but we were not yet actively engaged. Our industrial section was producing all sorts of items for England and other allies. Having reached the ripe old age of 20 on Nov. 25, per the law, I had to go down to the local Post Office and register for the draft. About six of us 19 or 20 year old guys had left the Univ. of Florida at the end of the spring semester and were working for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in Waycross, GA.

I had gone down to Florida on Dec. 5th. to visit family members. Returning to Waycross on Dec. 7, we were somewhere north of Jacksonville. The car radio was on and then the music suddenly stopped. Then came the announcement of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. That was some somber news. We knew immediately we were now actively involved in the war. In my case as well as my other 20 year old friends, we knew the draft would now affect us in the immediate future. And, indeed, it did. By the end of September 1942, all six of us were in military service.

Dec.7, 1946, was also an important date. The war was over and I had returned to the Univ. of Florida. I had dated a cute little girl who, later on, was a Navy WAVE during the war. She was now a student at FSU. I made contact with her and we began dating again, spending a lot of time on the road between Gainesville and Tallahassee. On Dec.7, 1946, while sitting on a park bench on the campus of FSU, I asked this young lady to be my wife and she said "YES". This time it was "happy" news that led to almost 66 wonderful years before her death.

So, I always consider Dec. 7 as being an important date in my life.


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Posted: Dec 7, 2019 12:39 PM
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Posted: Dec 7, 2019 1:03 PM
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Many thanks to you for your service. And to my father who was a veteran of the Normandy invasion and to all veterans everywhere. The world is a better place for your contributions.
T. Cary


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Posted: Dec 7, 2019 1:26 PM
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Thanks so much for your service. I love your stories Joe. A lot of them bring back memories of my Dad. Keep them coming.

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Posted: Dec 7, 2019 1:26 PM
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Thanks so much for your service. I love your stories Joe. A lot of them bring back memories of my Dad. Keep them coming.

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Posted: Dec 7, 2019 2:45 PM
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December 7, 1787: Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution. Thus "The First State" on Delaware license plates and why December 7 is known as "Delaware Day."

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December 7, 1787: Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution. Thus "The First State" on Delaware license plates and why December 7 is known as "Delaware Day."

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Salute to you and your wife


Posted: Dec 7, 2019 2:55 PM
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Thank you for the sacrifice that allows me to live this great American life!


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