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Posted by Ancient Mariner on Monday, December 6th 2021:

In Reply to: Remember Pearl Harbor posted by Stretch on Monday, December 6th 2021:

Sure! I was eleven, in the seventh grade at Saint Margaret's in Riverdale with the immortal Sister Bernadette, the absolute best teacher who ever lived, and after the first month or so of the “war,” we'd march around the room singing “Remember Pearl Harbor, as we go to meet the foe (... as we did the Alamo”). As a Cub, and later a Scout, my cronies and I hauled waste paper, pots and pans, and lots of other pretty undignified stuff off to join the “War Effort” while my Mom counted red stamps and blue stamps and sugar coupons and my Dad had an “A” sticker on the windshield so he could buy rationed gas. (A couple of years later when I went to Hayes via bus, trolley and subway, I always carried fifteen red stamps so I could check the dairies at Kingsbridge and Jerome and 231s t and Broadway on the way home so I could score a quarter pound of butter. Got many more memories but as Shakespeare has Henry V say, old men remember, but some remember “with advantage” (nostalgic fondness maybe). Went on to spend three decades in the military when I was old enough. You want war stories? There's lots of them still left but that was later...

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