It is a day that has lived in infamy. As we continue to lose members of the “Greatest Generation,” we look to others to keep the story and that day alive for years to come.
One of those keeping the next generation informed is 77-year-old Barbara Tiemann, a resident of Seguin.
Tiemann was 5 and living on Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941.
“We heard a very loud explosion and my dad said, 'Oh, the Navy is on maneuvers again,'" said Tiemann.
Tiemann’s dad was a crew chief on the base.
When he heard a second explosion, she said he headed for the front porch to see oil tanks burning. She said that is when he knew they were under attack. His first move was to safeguard his family near a shed in the backyard.
“Daddy grabbed me. We went and got underneath the table and sat there," said Tiemann.
Her mom got into a ditch with a neighbor, she said.
“The planes were flying so low between the houses (that) you could actually see the faces of the men," Tiemann said.
While she, her mom and dad survived, many of those she and he family knew did not.
“So many of the men, a lot of them were my dad’s friends that had run from their homes to try to get the planes (and) were killed," Tiemann said.
Tiemann still has a bullet her mom found on the front porch.
“She looked down below the window and this bullet was laying (there),” she said.
Tiemann does have some good memories of her time in Hawaii. She still has many collectables, including a doll he dad got her.
“(I) made lots of friends. We would go to the beach and barbeque,” said Tiemann.
Although she doesn’t mind showing off the bullet or even talking about that day, it is still difficult to spend a lot of time dwelling on it. She said she doesn’t watch TV shows or movies on Pearl Harbor.
One reason, she said, is that she lived it -- and she doesn’t need to see it again.