9 December 2022

Published December 7, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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81 years ago today, December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed it a “date which will live in infamy.”

Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100

Click below to hear the author (me 😉 ) read:


A few flakes floated by the window and colored lights reflected in the glass. Dennis Day sang a romantic tune on the radio. Laura sipped hot chocolate and read Fred’s letter at least a tenth time since it arrived Friday.

“November 26, 1941

My dearest,

Happy Thanksgiving from the USS Arizona! I sure do miss your cooking. I swear our gravy was mixed with fuel oil.

I hope my presents get there on time. You’d love Hawaii. The flowers. The beaches. But, golly, it won’t seem like Christmas without snow and my best girl.

“Ladies and gentleman, a special announcement…”

*No, it wasn’t happy news. There were a total of  2,335 military personnel killed, including 2,008 navy personnel, 109 marines, and 218 army. Added to this were 68 civilians, making the total 2403 people dead. 1,177 were from the USS Arizona.

81 comments on “9 December 2022

  • Dear Rochelle,
    I like how you created an expectation and built an open layer of anticipation; is the announcement related to Laura and Fred or is there going to be snow in Hawaii?
    I would like to think they meet-up for the holidays.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Masterfully written but heartbreaking to read, the way you drove home how many families pleasurably anticipating Christmas or Hanukkah instead had their lives shattered on that day. The irony is, after all the lessons of history, we still pursue war, there being no war that ends all wars. May G_d help us.


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  • Thank you so much for your story this week and the video link. Your story really sparked my interest in Pearl Harbor. As an Australian, I see footage rarely and mostly it’s scenes out of Hollywood blockbusters with dubious authenticity. Your story captured the scene as it happened without the lens of history and I appreciated the humanity in that and I cared a lot more.
    My apologies that my story ignored the word limit this week but the photo seemed to reflect some of the confusion my mother is experiencing with vascular dementia and I didn’t want to cut the story short.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,

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  • My Granny was the courier who delivered the telegram announcing the attack to the base commander at Wright Patterson. She always got tears in her eyes when she spoke of it. Her brother, my gr.uncle was stationed on the island at the time. Very frightening. Unkie Bud rarely spoke of it, but when he did (when I was a teen wanting to sign up) he said is was “worse than hell itself” that day.

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    • Dear Bear,

      That’s quite a history. My dad was one of the first to be drafted after Pearl Harbor. He fought the Japanese and was a Purple Heart recipient. He rarely spoke of it. Thank you for your response.




  • A great reminder that war is hell. On my last Navy cruise, prior to retiring with 28 years service, we stopped at Hawaii. I went on a tour of the Arizona monument and it was a very emotional moment for me and my Navy buddies. I will never forget the day that lived in infamy. You did a great job building up to the historic event.

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  • Thank you, again, for telling the stories oft not told enough, and for reminding of what was, and what was fought for. For some had already forgot.
    Hugs, Na’ama (who isn’t quite as ‘regular’ as she was before, but still likes this FF community 🙂 )

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  • Those couple of lines introduction were enough to tell me I wouldn’t have liked the special announcement. I’m sure there were some terrible Christmases that year, and for several years afterwards.
    As I said on Remembrance Day, everyone seems to want peace, but no society seems very good at procuring it.

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  • Since I come late and you put up reminder and video already, I more or less expected the outcome. It’s heartbreaking and your writing shows that perfectly. I’ll watch Tora Tora Tora again this weekend. I watch it almost every year… It is such a good reminder how senseless war is. And yet, when you’re attacked, you fight back.

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      • I’m going to add one more comment. When Donn and I were in Pearl Harbor and went to the memorial, the boat that took us over was full of high school kids messing around and laughing. Once we reached the memorial, the boatman said that we were entering the site where many had died and few bodies were recovered and to respect it as a burial site. The kids settled and were more than respectful. A young woman was standing close to a classmate, and I heard her whisper, “You’re having a hard time, aren’t you?” he silently shook his head and leaned against her, tears in his eyes.

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  • I like this, Rochelle.

    I’m sure just such letters were written with all sorts of aftermaths.

    Given the international aspect of FF, I was also intrigued by many of the comments.

    Of course, no Pearl Harbor, no USA in WWII. While I’m sure we would have found a way into the ongoing European and Pacific war(s) anyway, this piece of history was both pivotal and critical.

    Peace (in every sense of the word),


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    • Dear Bill,

      I always wonder how many FF’rs will get my historical pieces. I was also intrigued by the comments.

      It took an attack on US soil to shake the US of A out of her complacency. Rather like Nero while Rome burned. (Or is that going too far?)

      Thank youfor your thoughtful and affirming comments.

      Shalom in the truest sense,


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