Seventy-five years ago a message arrived too late—too late to warn the command at Pearl Harbor that Japan was probably going to strike somewhere in the Pacific at 1:00 EST. My grandfather, George Street, manager of RCA-Honolulu, spent the rest of his life defending his staff’s actions regarding the delivery of that famous message. My uncle, George Street Jr, was called upon to help prepare the island for an invasion. My mother, Barbara Jean (Street) Olsen got on a bus the morning of the attack to attend choir practice. She returned home four days later. Mom never told her story. Here’s to you Mom! We haven’t forgotten and are forever grateful for the sacrifices and hardship you and your countrymen endured that day. Remember Pearl Harbor!
Graphic by James R. Olsen