Betty Tait’s boyfriend Ed Tait was in a Reserve Officer’s Training Course when Pearl Harbor was attacked. During her interview, Betty discusses Pearl Harbor and knowing that the attack meant her husband would soon go off to war.
Betty’s Thoughts after Pearl Harbor
First thing was, “Oh, gee. There was a Pit Rifles formal dance, and there wouldn’t be a dance.” I remember that. [laughs]. Pure woman because I had a dress. [laughs] I knew. I knew what it meant. I was very conscious of what it meant. I don’t think there was a girl in the world that ever had somebody in my position that didn’t feel the same way, you know? “Is he going to be killed? Is he going to come back? Is he going to be hurt?” And my father was in the First World War, and he was very fond of Ed and so much against my getting married. He didn’t think it was the right thing to do. He was so afraid that I would be one of those people with a husband who came back not whole and so on and so forth.