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Pearl Harbor: A Navy Nurse Helps Us Remember

By Tom Edrington On December - 7 - 2009

Wanted to take a moment to pause from the world of sports to remember December 7, 1941 and what it meant to our country.

Here's a first-hand remembrance 90 days after the attack from a young Navy nurse who saw the carnage for the first time when she arrived at Pearl Harbor.

Lt. J.G. Anna Kaseta, Navy Nurse Corps waited in San Francisco for more than two weeks to ship out to Pearl Harbor. It was early March 1942, barely 90 days after the Japanese attack.

She was 26-years-old as she and her friends boarded the U.S.S. Henderson, a transport, that would join a large convoy to Pearl.

"It took five days to get there," she remembers. "It was a large convoy. When we got our first glimpse of Pearl, it was devastating. It was horrifying to see all those ships just laying there under water. It was worse than we imagined," recalled Kaseta, the daughter of Lithuanian immigrants.

It was the first time they had seen what the aftermath at Pearl looked like. The government had controlled what information came out of Pearl. "No one had any idea of how bad it was," she remembered.

She was one of 20 nurses at the Naval Hospital at Pearl...

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