Pearl Harbor Day, 75 years after "the day that lives in infamy."

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with (831) 626-4000 CA #01772851 HI #RB-21268

 

Although I was not born when Pearl Harbor was attacked, and my family lived in Germany during my childhood, there is an incredible bond between us. You see, I am fortunate enough to have lived in Hawaii about 26 years of my adult life -- on and off -- and is one of my two permanent homes. The other one is California.

The Rothwell family, the family of my former late husband, who came to the Hawaiian Islands back in the mid-1800s from England, were there during the Pearl Harbor attack. His sister, Mary Louise Rothwell, a Punahou student, wrote in her diary about the first few days after the attack. If you read this, note that Nelson was her brother, my husband. Mentioned are their two older brothers, Frank and Bob, who were in school on the mainland and were to remain there during the war.

Mary Louise Rothwell's account from her diary.

And here is what was told to me by the elder Rothwells:

What was not mentioned in her account was that they lived on top of Pacific Heights and that their home had a panoramic view from Diamond Head to way past Pearl Harbor. When the attack happened, Nelson remembered going outside and watching the planes and the damage left behind.

Fast forward:

Last year, on July 4th, I went with my daughter, her husband and my two grandsons to the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. It is something that everyone should do when in Honolulu. We picnicked on the pier and later walked around the USS Missouri and watched the fireworks.

USS Missouri and Hella Rothwell 

 

 

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Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Broker/Owner/REALTOR 

 

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Bo Kociuba
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What an interesting family memory  Hella ... great post! thanks for sharing .. 

Dec 07, 2016 08:20 PM #1
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Bo Kociuba
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Hella - that's so interesting! BTW - Dec 7th is my father's b-day. He was WWII veteran and one of the youngest Polish POWs (he was 16) ... 

Dec 07, 2016 09:35 PM #2
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Hella loved learning about your background and family history in relation to December 7th as well as the picture, Endre

Dec 07, 2016 10:01 PM #3
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Hella I understand what you mean about having a unique family connection to Pearl Harbor Day.

Dec 07, 2016 11:32 PM #4
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Reading the diary entry gave me chills. What a thing to experience. I have been to the memorial, and I hope to return and visit it again. 

Dec 08, 2016 12:16 PM #5
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Will Hamm
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Wow Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Thanks for sharing this story with us.  Hope you have a great day!

 

Dec 10, 2016 09:13 AM #6
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What a haunting story. Is Mary still alive? I liked her use of "golly" and "gee" because it's so Leave it to Beaver like. I couldn't help but think of how 9/11 felt to me while reading her first-person account of witnessing the war and the helplessness and terror that followed.

Dec 10, 2016 03:59 PM #7
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Hella so where will you be for Christmas? CA or Hawaii? If we do not connect have a Merry Christmas, Endre

Dec 23, 2016 10:35 PM #8
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I'm in Hawaii, Endre Barath, Jr. 

And a Mele Kalikimaka to you and your family.

 

Dec 24, 2016 09:36 AM #9
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Hi Hella.  I'm a little late to this post, but I did watch many of the ceremonies this year and was fascinated with the visiting survivors.

Dec 24, 2016 04:46 PM #10
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