How did the lives of you and those you love change after December 7, 1941?
Nearly 75 years ago, our writers recorded the events leading up to, during, and after the attack on Pearl Harbor. To commemorate the upcoming anniversary, we invite you to share your memories of that infamous day with our readers in the November/December 2016 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.
Here, Post reader Paul Van der Stelt, who was just 7 years old on December 7, 1941, remembers the morning of the attack:
“That was a terrible Sunday morning and our family gathered around in prayer. We were floored when they said 2,403 had died and 19 ships had either been sunk or damaged. It was 7:55 a.m. And, just as the president announced that day, it was certainly a day that was going to be absolutely remembered in infamy. … If my grandmother could have gotten a hold of the names of those 2,400 people that had died in Pearl Harbor, she would have prayed for every one of them, name by name.” (You can listen to the entire interview with Paul Van der Stelt on SoundCloud here.)
Share your stories with Post readers in the comments below or email us at [email protected], with “Remembering Pearl Harbor” as the subject. All stories will appear in “American Life after Pearl Harbor” linked here, and a few will be selected for the November/December 2016 issue. If you’d like your story to be considered for the print edition, please leave a comment or email us by September 26, 2016.
Preorder your copy of The Saturday Evening Post’s Pearl Harbor special collector’s edition — on newsstands everywhere October 4 — featuring articles, editorials, eyewitness accounts, photos, and art from the Post archive at shopthepost.com.