02 September 2008
The first weekend in August is the Bernhardt Family reunion in Salisbury, NC. This year my cousin who now lives in Reno, NV, told the story of how her family was at Pearl Harbor December 7. Their house backed up to the Tennessee and the Arizona was close by. Her Dad had on his whites, ready to go to work, when they heard and saw the planes. He realized they were not American so he had them run for the car which was parked under some trees. The Japanese pilots were shooting at the trees so they were lucky not to get hit. When they went back to the house later, the one side was shot off and nothing in it was usable. They cleaned it out with shovels. They left January 7 but her Dad stayed for two more years.