In this May 22, 1942 photo, students are fitted for gas masks at Kapalama School in Honolulu. (The Star-Advertiser via AP)
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This picture is different in one striking way: Each child is holding a bag containing a gas mask, a sign of how war had suddenly broke apart the routines of their adolescence on Dec. 7, 1941 .Three of the students, now in their mid-80s and all friends who have kept in touch over the years, reflected recently on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago and the mark it left on their childhoods.Emma Veary reminisced about her days singing, and her family covering the windows at night so Japanese pilots couldn't use the light of homes to guide them.Some children climbed onto the roofs of homes to see what was happening.Seto, who lived a few blocks away near homes belonging to Navy families, remembered a neighbor rushing out of her home, screaming about how the Japanese, using an epithet common at the time, had attacked Pearl Harbor.The families who called the police were good friends of the Setos.A family friend, a restaurant owner, was deported.
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