George Bennett immediately realized that the events of December 7, 1941 would change his life forever. He recalls the anger he felt towards the Japanese military in the days after the attack and his desire for retribution. As another consequence of the attack, George would be drafted and called to serve his country.
His feelings after hearing about Pearl Harbor
That wasn’t good. That was not a good feeling. “Let’s go get them buggers,” you know? (sigh) I came home bad, really, even though I wasn’t in the war. I had no heart for Japan. I talked to everybody I could and told them, “Don’t buy Japanese stuff, cause they tore us apart, and then we’d build them up.” I didn’t say that for nothing. Not nice. I see I’m not a nice guy thinking like that, but that’s the way I felt. And I still have that feeling that I possibly can’t unbind [as] an American. Sometimes, you can’t.