Day of infamy, World War II recalled by former Navy nurse in Sacramento

Mary Cecilia Finn Hancock remembers the patriotic rush to join the military service after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor 74 years ago.

Then a nurse, Finn Hancock felt it, too, and answered the call to help her country after Dec. 7, 1941 – the day of the massive surprise attack that thrust the United States into World War II.

More than 2,400 service members died in the attack and roughly 1,400 were wounded. The nation declared war the next day, Dec. 8, 1941.


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