The Mating Dance Continues

Many people remember December 7, 1941, for reasons in addition to the attack. It was a day of first dates, of weddings, of honeymoons beginning, of births, illnesses, and thoughts of death.

Catherine Henderson was on her first date with "the man I've been married to for forty-seven years and I met on December 6, 1941. We had our first date the next day. I lived in Breckenridge, Texas, and he was in the 45th Division at Abilene, which is about fifty or sixty miles from Breckenridge.

"We were in the car taking a drive over to Ranger, Texas, . . . and we heard the news on the car radio. I didn't think much about it until I got home that night. My only brother was in Manila, and my mother was really upset after she heard it on the radio. He never came back."

Barbara and Orville Olson were married in Seattle on December 6, 1941, and drove to Portland, Oregon, for their honeymoon.

"We were in the elevator going down to breakfast when we heard the news of the war," she said. "It was quite a shock. We immediately returned to Seattle."

Ilene Katz remembers the day more for what happened with her aunt and uncle than for the war itself.

"My aunt, Anne Book, was very pregnant. They lived in Paterson, New Jersey, and that evening she went to the movies with Uncle Milton . . . and she was very nervous about giving birth in the theater, as she said.


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