Americans Killed

The attacked caused the killing of 2,403 American military personnel and civilian.


Americans Wounded

Injuries were adding up by the hour to 1,178.


Aircraft Lost

Aircraft losses were 188 destroyed and 159 damaged.

How the Pearl Harbor Attack was remembered by a Joan Z. Earle, a Pearl Harbor Child.

View of Quarters T, seen through the USS Arizona Memorial,
where Joan and her family lived on Ford Island

View of Quarters T, seen through the USS Arizona Memorial, 
where Joan and her family lived on Ford Island


Joan Zuber Earle, a Pearl Harbor Child survivor, Short Biography

Joan Zuber Earle

Historian, writer


Joan Zuber Earle lived in Quarters T from November of 1940 to mid-December, 1941.
She was born in Washington D.C. while her father served at the Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Washington D.C. She subsequently lived in Bremerton, Washington; on the Marine Base in Quantico, Virginia; in Long Beach, California; back in Quantico; in San Diego California; on the Receiving Ship, San Francisco (Yerba Buena Island); on the Naval Air Station, Colorado, California; on the Naval Air Station, Pearl Harbor, territory of Hawaii; in San Francisco (two different places); and then again in San Diego for her high school years. Prior to college, she attended ten different schools.
She's written all her life, from column for the San Diego Union while in college, to articles in Bay Area newspapers over the years.
She received a B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley. During those years, she was a member of the campus honoraries Panile and Prytanean as well as of Mortal Board, a national service honorary. She was on the ASUC Executive Committee and a member of Phi Alpha Theta, History Honorary.
Her professional life has been devoted to education; she's taught since 1955. She has five different teaching credentials, elementary through Community College
For the last twenty two years, she's been a Resource Specialist at the Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland. It's one of the largest non-profits in the San Francisco East Bay: since 1891, this center has changed the lives of over 20,000 children -- children who have frequently been abused, neglected, and/or abandoned.
For eighteen years she was also an Instructor for the University of California at Berkeley Extension Online, through which she's taught students from all over the world.
She also runs a private practice, "Love of Learning," as an Educational Therapist, in which capacity she's evaluated and treated learning problems in young children, adolescents, and adults: problems such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, reading, writing, language, math, and deficits in self-esteem, motivation, social skills, and/or organizational and study skills. She's a member of the Association of Educational Therapists.
Her six children and five grandchildren live near her in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Piedmont home where she raised her children is reminiscent of Quarters T. It has -- yes, she counted them -- five doors out.


The Children of Battleship Row


"We're under bombardment!

Why would a nine-year old girl have on her charm bracelet a diminute 32-caliber machine gun?

In October of 1940, Joan Zuber Earle and her older sister moved with their parents to Ford Island in the middle of Pearl Harbor. While her father, the new commander of the Marine barracks, and her mother set up housekeeping, the Zuber girls and their friends explore the Island paradise.

During the attack, the Arizona explodes five hundred feet from their family's quarters. The two girls and their mother were strafed as they dashed to safety. Later on that day of infamy, the girls helped respond to the attack by loading bullets for machine guns.

This wonderful book, The Children of Battleship Row: Pearl Harbor, 1940 - 1941, documents from a child's-eye view one of the most dramatic and important moments in American history. Must reading for children and their parents, it is the unforgettable story of a girl whom must grow up on a single day.

click here CBS Radio news flash heard on Dec. 7, 1941.



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