Personal Interview of Robert Lee Woodrow on the Attack of Pearl Habor

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Given the assignment to write a report on Pearl Harbor, my grandfather came to mind. My grandfather’s name is Robert Lee Woodrow. He was born on January 4, 1926. My grandfather will be 88 years old on January 4, 2014. My grandfather joined the army in 1939 when he was 15 years-old, two years before Pearl Harbor took place. I asked him a few questions about it
Since the Pearl Harbor attack was such a pivotal moment in history, I decided to interview my grandfather since he was a part of Pearl Harbor. We talk about how hard it was as an African American in the Navy, and what they were and were not allowed to do. We figure out why Japan was mad enough to attack and whether or not there were warning signs. Was everyone able to forgive each
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Cheyanne: What did some of you do if you didn’t know how to properly operate a gun?
Robert: When the clock showed 7:55, everyone was less worried about an African American manning a gun, but rather we were worried about just staying alive and defending ourselves. The attack lasted a short two hours, but those in two hours 20 American naval vessels, 8 battleships and roughly 200 airplanes had been destroyed. Most of us were bringing in bodies, cutting off the skin of 3rd or 4th degree burns. I remember a man, Doris Miller, he was the most well known African American to participate in Pearl Harbor. Doris aided the mortally wounded Captain of The USS West Virginia, he then picked up a 50 caliber Browning anti-aircraft gun until he ran out of ammunition. He was ordered to abandon ship shortly after the USS West Virginia was hit by 2 bombs and 18 or so torpedoes.
Subsequently on May, 27, 1942, Doris was awarded the highest medal anyone of our race would see at the time, the Navy Cross. Chester Nimitz had given it to him, for his courage in battle.
Cheyanne: Why do you think the Japanese had attacked in the first place?
Robert: Well, it all started with Japan declaring war on China to liberate them from Asian rulers. Japan planned on conquering the Dutch East India Company to gain the resources that were steadily declining during the war. When the US had put an embargo on the oil being exported

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