Marcia lost her father when Pearl Harbor was bombed. She promised herself she would avenge his death, at any cost.
She heard the booms before she crested the hill and witnessed hell in paradise – the harbor was burning. The great battleships were aflame; holes ripped in their sides, like gaping wounds of giant sea beasts after a long, bloody battle. Black columns of smoke pierced the sky. Sailors scrambled around the docks, like frenzied ants whose hill has been kicked. Distant cries of anguish and anger swirled together and washed up the hill.
Her hope receded as the certainty of Jack’s death seeped into her heart. Her knees buckled and she collapsed in a sobbing heap.
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- This is loosely based on the experience of my grandfather, William Marsh, who was in Hawaii as a teenager when Pearl Harbor was bombed. He witnessed the planes fly over head right before the attack. This inspired him to join the Navy at 17, and although he wasn’t enlisted in time to see action in WWII, he did serve in both Korea and Vietnam before retiring.
- My wife’s grandfather, Jack, did serve in WWII, and was one of the Army soldiers that stormed the beach at Normandy. Marcia’s father in the story is named after him.