Oh no! I'm a RELIC!. It's okay if my grandparents' photos and story are in the Whatcom County Museum, but I just found out that MY picture is there, as well. I discovered that a man is writing a history of a certain time in Bellingham, Washington, and that on one of the pages of his forthcoming book is my picture, courtesy of the Whatcom County Museum. It's of me, Del Hovda, and Joan Bradbury. We were the student body officers for 1951-1952. Here's a different picture of me, Del and Joan. I can't believe I ever looked that young!...although I certainly FEEL that young. I think.
There's a great article on the history of the Red Hills Tunnels in today's Honolulu Advertiser. Ted Vorfeld, who is an engineer, sent the link, along with some memories of the Red Hills Tunnels (which at one time were classified top secret by the U.S. government): Uncle Charles Mullin took us through the place many years ago. He was in charge of PWC Pearl Harbor at the time. Then they stored Avgas and had automatically closing doors at each tank in case of fire. You had only about 20 seconds to evacuate the chamber after a horn blared, then the door closed and the chamber was filled with carbon dioxide. Continue Reading
R.H. "Harry" Lodge, Division Overseer of Oahu Sugar Company, tells his story of December 7, 1941. Lodge was also a brilliant photographer, and many of his works fill the publication Waipahu at War, which he compiled. I have a copy of this wonderful publication. A Report on the Pearl Harbor Attack on December 7, 1941 as it affected my section of Oahu Sugar Co. Ltd...R.H. Lodge The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor came as a sudden shock to all of us. How the military could have been so unprepared is one of the puzzling aspects that has not yet been solved. Months prior to the attack, the F.B.I., Army and Navy Intelligence had made studies and census of the plantation workers living on the perimeter of Pearl Harbor which was part of the Waipio Peninsula under my supervision. A few of these workers were Japanese, the balance Filipinos. It appeared obvious that the reason for the study was to plan the evacuation of these people in case of attack. Yet the military, particularly the Navy was caught totally unprepared... Continue Reading