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“I had thought I would have none of the customary ‘Christmas Spirit’ that to me had been associated with snow, cold and evergreens. Within a short time, however, I was thrilled to see the beautiful poinsettia plants burst into color. Friends assured me that ‘Christmas Trees’ would arrive from the States and that I must start my Christmas shopping because the last ship which could carry our gifts back home in time for Christmas would leave the latter part of November.
Even with the country at war, the Headquarters Company, 35th Infantry at Schofield Barracks went ahead with their Christmas dinner as scheduled.
After Pearl Harbor, Lorne was promoted to Captain, Commanding Anti-Tank Company, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. On December 21st, he received an order to have Milly and Susan evacuated on the first available army transport or commercial liner back to the mainland.
“I was there on the north shore of Oahu across the island from Pearl Harbor. I had come in September with our year-old daughter to join my husband. He had been called into active duty for a year, as a reserve office, and had volunteered for foreign duty.