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Remembering Pearl Harbor: Amarilloan Discusses Event's Impact on Family

December 7, 1941 is a very important day in American history. The Japanese military bombed the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Delene Warren, who was 1 month old on the day of the attack, remembers how the attack affected her family in Stanton.

"My daddy was not taken into the service, since he had a few little kids. But he still wanted to do his part for his country." Warren told us. "So he loaded the family up and moved us to Dallas. And he and my mama worked in the North American Aviation airplane plant in Dallas, in 1941."

Delene Warren's father, Henry Adam Bridges, worked at the plant in Dallas, making P-51 Mustangs. Bridges worked at the plant, until the end of the war. The Bridges family then moved to Lamesa in 1945. Her father was not the only family member to do their part, following the attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base.

"Mancil Bailey was also probably over there." Warren said. "All those guys of that age were over there."

This is a story like many Americans share. Many Americans from different walks of life were affected by this event. And many held the same view point as the Bridges family did.

"They just wanted to help their country." Warren said.

Photo by Britannica

Photo by Britannica

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