Three Arizona veterans of World War II told their stories in interviews for Friday's Arizona Week broadcast.
Maurice Storck, a 90-year-old Tucsonan who volunteers at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, was in the Army and stationed at Pearl Harbor when the Dec, 7, 1941 attack occurred. Asked what he felt as the attack unfolded before him, Storck said:
"We were so busy, I guess we never stopped to feel about anything, really. We were running around getting ammunition. The next thing we know, we were out digging foxholes in the quadrangle."
Helen Glass, 89, of Tucson, was a telephone operator in Montclair, N.J., on Dec. 7, 1941. Her brother enlisted in the Navy almost immediately, and she enlisted in the Navy WAVE program a year and a half later when she was eligible, on her 20th birthday. Her brother was killed when a German plane bombed his ship off the Italian coast.
Glass recalled how Pearl Harbor brought the war home: "We realized a little bit what war was, coming to us. There were people that were talking about what was going on over in Europe, but we didn't understand."
Marshall Roberts, 88, of Phoenix, was 17 and a newspaper carrier in Tolleson on the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. He enlisted in the Navy when he turned 18 a few months later and was assigned to the USS Portland, a heavy cruiser that was part of the Pacific fleet.
Roberts recalled watching a Japanese general, two admirals and several other officers board the Portland on Sept. 2, 1945 at Truk Atoll in the Caroline Islands to surrender at the same time Japanese high command was surrendering in Tokyo Bay on the USS Missouri.