Dorothy Romey


Pearl Harbor

I was at my sister’s piano recital. It was on December 7th, 1941. And we had not heard it until we got there and everyone was talking about it, and let’s see – I would have been – 17. And I thought, “OH! What is going on?” That’s where I was, at my sister’s piano recital. It was a Sunday.

Interviewer: Did it personally affect you?

Dorothy: Well, it did later. It did a full day later.


I was about 6. We lived on a farm in South Dakota. My Dad helped with the WPA Dam. He had a team of horses, and what you call a slip. It was like a….now it would be a shovel, but he had the team and he put the rings around his neck and hold the handles and moved the dirt and stuff. And we didn’t have much, but we didn’t go hungry. At that time, I didn’t realize I was protected. I know now.