Millicent Wagner, born in 1923, served at a naval hospital in Philadelphia during the war. Millicent talks about her birthday, which falls on December 8th, and how the incident at Pearl Harbor affected her  birthday party.

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First Hearing about Pearl Harbor

Everybody was worried about the war, but when I was nineteen, I was already in nurse’s training. It was the night before my birthday, December 7th, and I went to my sister’s for a birthday party. And after we had the birthday cake, my brother-in-law put the radio on. And Edward R. Murrow… came over the air and said, “The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor.”