The Herald Remembers History
Martinsburg WWII Vet Loose Remembers Surprise Radio Interruption 80 Years Ago
December 2, 2021
On Dec. 7, 1941, a rather quiet Sunday afternoon, Richard Loose remembers listening to the radio in the living room in his home in Martinsburg, when suddenly the radio program was interrupted to announce that the Japanese had made a surprise sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands.
The attack resulted in the death of 2,400 U.S. military personnel and damaged and destroyed many U.S. Navy ships. In addition, one-half of the United States aircrafts at Pearl Harbor were destroyed on that tragic day.
As Loose listened to that shocking announcement 80 years ago, it never occurred to...