Takejiro Higa
Military Intelligence Service

December 7, 1941 and Home Front

Takejiro Higa

Takejiro learns of the Pearl Harbor attack from a distraught woman who asks for coffee at the YMCA cafeteria.

In disbelief, he watches the attack through binoculars from the YMCA rooftop.

He sees diving planes and billowing black smoke, as shells land along Nuuanu Avenue and totan (corrugated iron) roofs go flying by.