December 7, 1941.
The day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
Near Robins Air Force Base is an aviation museum in which the following display reminds folks of that day:
Because I was conceived before December 7, 1941, my father was exempted from the draft.
Can’t tell you why, but that apparently was the rule at the beginning of the war.
He took a job with Tri-State Packers, a trade association based in Easton, Maryland, shortly after I was born and my guess is that he was further exempted because food production was considered an essential industry.
I know that he regularly arranged for and accompanied canning factory owners to Washington to testify before Congress.
On one of those trips he was told by the National Canners Association’s big league attorney that there were two types of lawyers:
- those who tell you why you ;can’t do what you want to do and
- those who tell you how to do what you want to do