1941: FIVE DAYS AFTER "THE DASTARDLY ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR"
I was only 8 years old but I remember the fear that America's entry into World War II overcame much of American society. World War I held little danger of an air attack by an enemy. Such was not the case with the evolution of the airplane. An unguarded America would be an easy target. However our civil defense teams locally and nationally very successfully met the challenge with volunteer airplane spotters, air raid wardens and other then very scary scenarios. One of the very real threats was from what was known then as the "fifth column;" a term for enemy agents to enter the country as spies or saboteurs. Over the years I have written numerous columns 8 year old Tommy Glover experienced as the possible threat of enemy bombers obliterating the city of Trenton. Blackouts, air raid wardens, rationing, and other vestiges of those fearful years are still crystal clear in my memory and that of many of my fellow senior citizens.